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Highgate and Waterloo

An obvious question to ask is "Were any OCs at Waterloo?" The answer to that is probably no.

Until the 1820's Highgate was still the original set up of 40 free places funded by a trust. In fact the money was being miss-applied and the clergyman in charge was neglecting the boys, leaving them to be "educated" by a poorly paid sexton while he was being paid to tutor 4 wealthy boys in his home. This had nothing to do with the school. It took a legal case to end this.

The very small number of boys makes it very unlikely that any would have been at Waterloo. Further, as these were places for poor boys and the education was bad, if any were there, they would have been unlikely to have been officers but were probably too well educated to be enlisted men.

I found one possible link. Edmund Yates (1831 - 1894), novelist and dramatist, was at Highgate. His father, Frederick Yates (1797 - 1842), actor and theatre manager, served in the commissariat department in the Peninsular War and may have been at Waterloo.

Napoleon III, nephew of Bonaparte did visit the school in 1871.
This article was published in the Cholmeleian in Autum 2000. Note that the Prussians finally got their revenge.

Napoleon III died in Chislehurst on 9 January 1873. His son was a soldier in the British Army who was killed fighting against the Zulus in South Africa in 1879. In 1888, Napoleon III's body and that of his son were moved to the Imperial Crypt at St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, Hampshire, England. When his wife Eugénie died in 1920, she was buried in the same chapel.

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