Bones of ‘Napoleon’s men’ found in Fareham garden

Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David
Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David

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HUMAN bones dating from the Napoleonic Wars have been dug up in a Fareham back garden.

Builders found the remains behind a house belonging to Nicola and Paul Walling while preparing the ground for an extension.

The remains include part of a jaw with three teeth still in it.

Forensic experts were first called in when it was thought the bones were recent.

However, experts say the bones belonged to two or three ‘well-built’ men and were about 300 years old.

They are believed to have belonged to French prisoners of war.

The Wallings’ home is close to Portchester Castle, which held about 7,000 French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars because the jails at that time were already full.

The property is also close to a prison hospital used in the conflict, which was between 1803 to 1815.