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Major General John Fitzgerald K.H ( taken from an oil painting). ©Lorraine Roche

The Battle of Waterloo

Major John Fitzmaurice

Major John Fitzmaurice, K.H. [Knight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order] served as a Lieutenant in the Peninsular Campaign during the Napoleonic wars. In 1815, he started the Battle of Waterloo as he fired the first shot, on Wellington’s instruction at the first skirmish at Quatra Bras, the prelude to the Battle of Waterloo. For which he received the Waterloo medal and in May 1861 he became a Major-General.

Major John Fitzmaurice, K.H was born on the 23rd, June, 1792 in Duagh, North Kerry.