Grave of Thomas Foulkes, Conwy

Grave of Thomas FoulkesThomas Foulkes (d.1847)

The writing on Thomas Foulkes’ tombstone records that he served “his King and Country throughout the Peninsular War and at Waterloo in the 23rd Regiment of Foot (Welsh Fusileers)”. He was 63 years old when he died on 17 November 1847.

The 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers (notice that “Welsh” is written on the tombstone instead of “Welch”) was one of two Welsh regiments involved in the Battle of Waterloo near Brussels in 1815, where the armies of Britain and Prussia defeated the French army under Napoleon Bonaparte. Like many of his comrades at Waterloo, Thomas Foulkes had honed his skills in the Peninsular War, which lasted for several years as the French tried to seize control of Spain and Portugal.

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