Peninsular r HEROIC TALES: Steve McQueen's Great War Wellington in Spain SEE THE SITES: This war fought in the Iberian Peninsula was pivotal to the young Sir Arthur Wellesley
becoming the Duke of Wellington and in the downfall of Napoleon.
It was here that the British under Colonel Arthur Wellesley
, who was commanding the East India Company's army in Kerala in the 1790s, introduced the game to the locals.
THE letters and telegrams sent to and from Eli Evans relate to the wartime experiences of his son Arthur Wellesley
Rees Evans and it's from these correspondence that I have managed to piece together their story.
No wonder Arthur Wellesley
said in the aftermath: "The only thing worse than a battle lost is a battle won.
- the 8th Duke of Wellington - passed away peacefully at his home on Stratfield Saye Estate near Basingstoke, Hants.
The origin of its name is unclear - there are theories that suggest that it's named after Arthur Wellesley
, the 1st Duke of Wellington while others say it was invented for a civic reception in Wellington, New Zealand.
Mr Gem, who initially lived in Trafalgar Cottage on the corner of Trafalgar Road and Moseley Road in Moseley, and Mr Perera later moved to Leamington Spa in 1872, where they formed Leamington Lawn Tennis Club with two local doctors, Arthur Wellesley
Tompkins and Frederick Haynes.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Colonel Arthur Wellesley
, as he then was, stopped off with his regiment on the way to Calcutta and introduced the game, which he had played a bit in his native Ireland.
The regiment - which recruits extensively in Huddersfield and Halifax - is also known as The Duke of Wellington's Regiment or The Dukes, named after Arthur Wellesley
, 1st Duke of Wellington, who both served in and commanded the regiment.
The town was meticulously mapped out in the Colonial tradition, with streets named after British royalty and heroes-King Street, Queen Street, Rodney Street (after 18th century naval leader Admiral Lord George Rodney) and Wellington Street (after Arthur Wellesley
, 1st Duke of Wellington).
Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Wellesley
, the future Duke of Wellington, led the British forces.
Famous Eton alumni include princes William and Harry, Arthur Wellesley
, prime ministers including William Gladstone