Jack (John) Shaw
Richard Waplington and
The 18th of June,1815
Jack worked on the Wollaton Park Estate!! Brave Jack of the 2nd Life Guard, and the other two, lived at Cossall (a village a couple of miles away) there is a memorial in the church there. Two of them died at Waterloo.
please respect the villages
John Shaw – a place of honour in history for unparalleled bravery known throughout the land. On 15th October 1807 when he was 18 years old he enlisted in the Life Guard. He received many wounds at the Battle of Waterloo and died the next day. He was buried at La Haye Sainte.
Richard Waplington – known with Shaw as ‘Cossall Giants’ He was last seen holding a French Eagle surrounded by cuirasses (mounted soldiers wearing armour) and was not seen again.
Thomas Wheatley – younger than the other two, a stocking weaver, fought with great distinction at Genappes and Waterloo. He returned home and became a blacksmith at Babbington Colliery. In 1832 he distinguished himself in defence of Wollaton Hall against the mob who destroyed Nottingham Castle and Beeston Mills. He died in Cossall Almshouses and is buried in Cossall churchyard.
thanks to the church website