‘IT ALL CULMINATED AT HOUGOUMONT’ THE LETTERS OF CAPTAIN JOHN LUCIE BLACKMAN, COLDSTREAM GUARDS, 1812-1815.
144pp., 7 colour & 1 b/w plate, P.B. 2009.
John Lucie Blackman joined the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards as an Ensign on 5 April 1810. He was sent to Spain in early 1812 and was present at the Battle of Salamanca and the abortive attempt to besiege Burgos. He witnessed Vitoria and the storming of San Sebastian. Transferring to the 2nd Battalion as captain, his quiet life was shattered in March 1815. He fought in the evening at Quatre Bras and all day in defence of the Chateau of Hougoumont and survived unharmed until the evening when a shot rang out, presumably a last aimed shot from a French veteran before he also turned and ran. The ball struck his temple and death was instant.