The life of a Cotswold solider who fought in the Napoleonic Wars will be celebrated on Saturday.

John Browness (1784-1824) grew up in Ampney Crucis and was baptised and buried in the Church of the Holy Rood, where the presentation will take place.

John was a drummer with the 36th Herefordshire Regiment of Foot and the event will feature demonstrations by three re-enactors in full period uniform, two of whom are drummers.

The illustrated talk, entitled From Plough Boy to Drummer Boy, will begin at 4pm.

There will be information about John's campaigns in Europe and South America and also some history of his home village.

The presentation will conclude with the unveiling of a plaque within the church in tribute to his life and career.

Entry is free and those wishing to attend should register their interest with Rev'd Canon John Swanton on 01285 851309 or via email to