A skeleton discovered in Waterloo

A skeleton discovered in Waterloo

Development works on the battlefield of Waterloo (June 18, 1815) allowed the discovery of skeleton of a man of 1m62 and less than 30 years old. At the level of the right pocket were found parts and a flint. The position of the body suggests that it would have been thrown or would have tipped back.

The cause of death appears to be a bullet found in the middle of the right ribs. The body was found somewhat out of the way of the fighting, and the injured man may have wandered away (or been pushed away) a bit before succumbing, and then succinctly being covered in dirt after the battle. The nationality of the fighter could not yet be determined, the bullet which killed him seems French, but near the place of discovery were both the English troops as well as the King German Legion, the Hanoverian army, the Nassauviens , Brunswickers and Dutch. Along with the body was discovered an indeterminate piece of wood engraved "CB" and a spoon. Much hope revolves around this last object which could perhaps be regulatory and thus give an indication on the origin of the unknown soldier.

The Battle of Waterloo left around 40,000 killed and wounded.


Video: The Memorial of the Battle of Waterloo.