Firings for Waterloo’s 200th anniversary

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THE Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with gun firings.

Uniformed gunners from Ubique Right of the Line and HMS Loire will conduct the firings of two guns at 11.30am, 1pm, and 3pm on Sunday, June 21.

One of the guns is a six-pounder, Royal Horse Artillery smooth-bore cannon and the other is a six-pounder French bore cannon Le Fameux. Dated 1794, the British gun was cast from bronze at the Royal Brass Foundry in Woolwich, London and had a 2lb powder charge, with a range of 1,000 yards.

Le Fameux – roughly translated as ‘the famous’ – dates from 1813 and was captured at the Battle of Waterloo.

Many of the cannons were melted down for Nelson’s Column and the statue of Wellington at Aldershot.