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  Colin, Andy, Vic & Peter 2010

A New Publication from the Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

Major Henry Bowyer Lane

Memoirs of a Peninsular War Rocket Man 

Gazetted a Second Lieutenant of the Royal Artillery in 1799, Henry Bowyer Lane had a service career spanning some 27 years and saw action from the earliest days of the Napoleonic wars.

In writing this memoir, Henryís son, Frederick used his fatherís manuscript to privately publish a short biography, with the view of adding this honourable veteran to the already long list of distinguished officers of that service.

The background information, maps and footnotes are provided by the editor to set the overall scene of events that Henry found himself involved, including, Egypt, Oporto, Talavera, Busaco, Fuentas de Onoro, culminating in his promotion into the newly formed Rocket Corps toward the termination of the Peninsular War and then the ill-fated expedition to New Orleans.

Originally published in 1883, this work has long been unavailable, and is a very welcome complement for any enthusiastís library.


Blue cloth/Hardback, 70 pages, Limited edition of 25 only.

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  • To promote the public education and appreciation of the Peninsular War between the years 1807-1814.

  • To promote the public education and appreciation of the Waterloo campaign of 1815.

  • To encourage research on all matters pertaining to the campaigns and to assist in publication and corroboration of such research.

  • To recreate the battlefields of these campaigns for public display onto a tabletop scenario.

The society concentrates on researching a particular action of the war, and then begins to form a battle breakdown scenario by consulting the available references and archives. (The society holds an extensive library and offers an information service).

When time and money permits, an excursion to the battlefield is highly recommended. With all the information at hand we then produce a thesis or study and invite members to participate in a tabletop re-creation, from there, we attend shows around the south to demonstrate the toil of our labours.

Although the P.N.S. is essentially a research group, we often travel to some of the more unusual corners of Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain traversing the fields of glory. We constantly endeavour to secure a window of education and understanding of the Napoleonic wars.

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