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Elizabeth Watkins, Waterloo veteran

With the 200th anniversary of Waterloo it is time to celebrate the incredible life of Elizabeth Watkins, the last survivor of the battle who died aged 94 and is buried in the Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries.

Elizabeth Watkins, Waterloo veteran and last survivor
Elizabeth Watkins, photo taken 1904, 89 after the Battle of Waterloo
Elizabeth was only 5 years old when she accompanied her mother to help care for the British wounded in the Waterloo campaign. She was one of many women and children on the battlefield, often related or married to soldiers, who acted as unpaid nurses, cooks, and stretcher-bearers.

You can read more about her on the Waterloo 200 website and in this account by John Luke for the FOBLC.

Elizabeth died in 1904, aged 95. Her tombstone describes her as a “Waterloo veteran”