Rare remains of soldier found at Waterloo
By Philip Blenkinsop
June 15, 2012
WATERLOO, Belgium (Reuters) – The skeleton of a soldier, probably British and with the initials C.B., has surfaced two centuries after he was shot in the chest during the Battle of Waterloo, in a find unrivalled in more than a century.
C.B. might have remained a few hundred meters (yards) behind the British and allied front line beside a field of wheat for centuries more, were it not for plans to build a car park in time for the 200th anniversary of the battle in 2015.
Dominique Bosquet, of the archaeological department of Belgium’s Walloon region, watched as a mechanical digger stripped away 120 sections of the future car park last week, shouting for it to stop as it broke into the soldier’s skull.
“We realized it was something exceptional,” Bosquet said, standing over the site where the remains were found. Behind him loomed the large “Lion’s Mound” memorial ordered by Dutch King William I to mark the spot where his son was knocked from his horse and wounded during the battle.