Stroud in 1807 produced recruits for the Napoleonic War. Two officers, Heazle and Delmont, recruiting in the town argued over a ladies honour. A site on the edge of town was agreed to settle the dispute. One short paced and fired his gun before his colleague could turn to fire. The bullet passes through Delmont's back and, after being carried to his lodgings in a wheelbarrow, he died a few days later. Heazle was charged with murder but never brought to court. It was one of last duels in which a man was killed in Britain. Delmont is buried under a flat stone in St. Lawrence's churchyard - a few yards from the site that has taken his name.
Antics view of the incident - made by Tony Edney