Some 40 years before the legendary Florence Nightingale led her party of nurses to help the soldiers of the Crimea, Ann Winzer was nursing the soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 as the inscription on her gravestone in the churchyard at Piddlehinton, Dorset records.
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ANN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 28th 1873
AGED 82 YEARS.
She was a waterloo heroine who assisted at that famous battle AD.1815 by aiding & assisting the sick and wounded she endured many hardships having followed the British army from Brussels to Paris. From Paris to Dunney returned to England & from thence to the rock of Gibraltar where she remained 4 years. She afterwards resided in this parish where she received a pension through the instrumentality of Colonel Astell with that of many other officers by whose kindness this stone is raised as a tribute of respect to a long life spent in true and faithful service.
Ann Keats was baptised in St George’s Church in Fordington, Dorset on 28th January 1795 and she was married there on 1st April 1811 to James Winzer aslo from Fordington. James was a soldier in one of the Light Dragoon Regimentss and Ann travelled with her husband’s Regiment to Brussels, where Wellington defeated Napoleon on 18 Jun 1815. When Ann died on 28th November 1873 Colonel Astell and other officers wanted to pay tribute to her memory so they paid for and had erected the impressive gravestone, which now stands in St Mary’s churchyard at Piddlehinton. James Winzer lived another 18 months and was buried beside her on 12 May 1875.