Honour for Waterloo warrior Samuel Godley in St John’s Wood
Event held for 'forgotten hero' at Lord's Cricket Ground
30 June, 2017 — By Tom Foot
Print of Godley standing up to the French cuirassier
A CELEBRATORY event marking the life of a “forgotten hero” of the battle of Waterloo has been held in his final resting place.
Samuel Godley was honoured with a special commemorative performance on June 16 at Lord’s Cricket Ground and St John’s Wood Church, where he was buried. An audience was treated to a musical production based on his life and also a religious service.
Westminster Council and Westminster Archives Centre received £82,000 funding to research his life and work with schools on the Napoleonic war.
Cllr Robert Rigby, Regent’s Park ward councillor, said: “The commemoration is the result of a lot of dedication and hard work from our archives centre team and partners, providing a long-standing monument to a forgotten hero of Waterloo.”
Born in 1778 in Whitwell, Derbyshire, Godley joined the Second Regiment of Life Guards and earnt praise for his bravery at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, where he suffered a fractured skull in a celebrated fight with a mounted cavalry soldier. He managed to emerge victorious despite his injury and, taking his enemy’s horse, continued to fight, archivists say. Following his discharge, Godley worked in the Baker Street bazaar for six years, before his death in 1832.