This amazing 135 year-old photograph, unearthed at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and now on display at Windsor Castle, is a real treasure. It shows five men, ‘the last survivors’ of The Battle of Waterloo, posing for a photograph , 65 years after the battle ceased.
Included in the photo (and at 95 the eldest at the time of the photo) is Private John McKay, who took part in the historic Battle of Waterloo aged 20 as part of the 42nd Regiment of Foot, which he had joined at just 15, he moved to Royal Hospital Chelsea as a Chelsea Pensioner in 1877.
Other Chelsea Pensioners in the photo are Robert Norton of the 54th Regt (aged 90), Naish Hannay of the 7th Hussars (88), Benjamin Bumstead of the 73rd Regt (82) and Samson Webb of the 3rd Foot Guards (82).
This is a great find and something we at The Online Book Company will be adding into our Waterloo Descendants book for others to enjoy!
The last few weeks for The Online Book Company have been very busy. We have all been gearing up, and getting set to exhibit at the National Funeral Exhibition taking Place at Stoneleigh, between the 12th and 14th of June. The NFE is a bi-annual exhibition that attracts a range of people involved in the Funeral Industry, from all over the country and beyond. But why are we going?
Well, at The Online Book Company we produce bespoke, online books for a range of different people, organisations, events, and much more. We are, at the exhibition, presenting our ‘Individual Online Memorial Book’ whereby families and friends can choose to celebrate the life of a loved one in a unique, special and online place. Families can share memories, photos, video, from all over the world, and can even link the books to their social media and submit donations to charity through a simple ‘donate’ option, whilst maintaining the look and feel of a more traditional Book of Remembrance.
Families have told us what a great resource our books are, with many going back to a book again and again to share family news, or to add photos. Instead of simply commemorating a life, the books allow a life to be truly celebrated, acting as a hub for people to visit and to enjoy stories they may not have otherwise heard.
We can’t wait to get to Stoneleigh, and to see faces old and new and to show people just how fantastic our Online Books are!
Here at The Online Book Company we’ve created a new, innovative online memory book for the hospice charity ‘ellenor’.
The charity provides care and support for families facing terminal illness in Kent, and is unique in looking after patients of all ages and their families. Inspired by the moving stories frequently shared with staff, the hospice decided to create a more permanent place for memories to be shared.
The book allows families to share precious moments and commemorate the lives of their loved ones – allowing them to do more than include a name in a physical book.The book is a reflection of the ellenor ethos – where care extends far beyond the realm of nursing – and believe it will strengthen links with ellenor’s patient and family support team.
It was an inspiring experience working with staff at ellenor. We’re delighted staff are happy with the results and it’s great to see the first stories appearing in the memorial book!