Thanks to Nicholas Lynch for
sending the following detailed note about the Duke of Wellington.
Wellington was 'Old Nosey' to his
troops, because of his long nose, and 'The Beau' to his fellow
officers because of his elegant mode of dressing. The nickname,
the 'Iron Duke' was not applied until the mob broke the windows
of Apsley House during the Reform debates around 1830. He had
iron shutters fitted to prevent an recurrance, hence the nickname,
but it was long after his military career. As a general, he was
far from being iron or inflexible. In fact he was rather soft
on discipline when compared with General 'Black Bob' Crawford,
who served under him. It is fashionable to brand Wellington as
a martinet, but he simply was not. He has a very poor stomach
for war, and broke down in tears many times, in India, at Badajoz
and after Waterloo.