Irishman Duke of Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

19th June 1815
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The Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, was born in Dublin & educated in Trim, Co. Meath. Having defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, he was hailed as one of the greatest defensive commanders of all time.

On Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in Belgium (part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time) the Battle of Waterloo took place.

Of the Duke of Wellington’s British soldiers, 30% were Irish (including Wellington himself). Approximately 2,000 Irishmen would have been killed or wounded at this decisive battle. 

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