The late Duke of Wellington set up the Waterloo Committee in 1973, with the goal of preserving battlefields, encouraging historical research and promoting public education and appreciation of the history of the wars between Great Britain, her allies, and France in the 19th century. With this year marking the 200th anniversary of the battle, a special commemorative committee 'Waterloo 200' was set up.
Waterloo 200 have already organised a whole host of fantastic events and initiatives with the aim of increasing awareness about the battle. They've also worked very closely with us to produce the beautiful Waterloo - The Decisive Victory - which is their official publication.
Now they've begun a project which aims for a wide public participation - asking people to come forward with any information about ancestors who may have fought at the battle of Waterloo. This goes for those related to British, Allied or French soldiers, and apparently many people have stepped forward with tales of familial involvement already.
James Morrow of Waterloo 200 said:
"One of the very raw emotions I have discovered is the pride that people living today have shown when they are talking about their illustrious ancestor who fought on one of the bloodiest battlefields at that time."
Apparently, as many as two million people alive today could be descended from combatants at the battle, which is widely regarded to be one of the most important battles European history.