A Hampshire Parson’s Memories of The Battle of Waterloo

By the north side of the tower of Holy Trinity Church, Wonston, near Winchester, lies the red marble tombstone of the Rev. Alexander Robert Charles Dallas, who died on 12 December 1869. He had been rector of the parish for 41 years and the HRO holds more than 50 records relating to him and/or his brother Charles Robert. But more than that, as a young man he had been present at the Battle of Waterloo.

He was in charge of supplying troops on the front line with provisions. His official title was Assistant Commissary-General and as such he was a functionary of the Treasury. It was a role he had already played during a two-year stint in Cadiz, supporting Wellington’s campaigns in the Peninsula War in Spain and Portugal. Whilst there he learnt to play the guitar and became fluent in Spanish. His charge at Waterloo was the 3rd division of the Army, commanded by the Hanoverian Lt-Gen. Charles (Carl) August von Alten.