A soldier named C.B. unearthed at Waterloo


The skeleton that was discovered nearly 200 years after the battle was found near to the Lion of Waterloo monument, just a few kilometres outside Brussels, and is practically intact.

In June 1815, British, Prussian and Dutch forces clashed with and defeated the troops of the French Emperor Napoleon. A defeat which ended his European campaign and ultimately saw him exiled to the island of St. Helena.

Nothing ot the soldier’s uniform remains and archeologists have not yet been able to establish his identity.

The area where the skeleton was found is on territory held during the battle by British troops under the Duke of Wellington. The only clue is a piece of wood next to the skeleton bearing the initials C.B.

A bullet was discovered between the ribs of the skeleton. The skeleton was buried at a depth of just over one foot and three inches. This points to the fact that the body was buried in haste.