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Video Review of the Project

Recently the Historical Military Establishment of Upper Canada, home of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment re-enactors, held it’s 25th Anniversary.

The Midland Mirror ran a short article on the gathering that can be read here.

Among the many presentations, Lyn Downer and Seaghan Hancocks prepared this video review of the success of the Graveside Project honouring the War of 1812 veterans.

The music heard throughout is an original composition by Richard Rodwell who has kindly contributed his time and skills in support of this project. It may be downloaded from his website at

We hope you enjoy it.

Sincerely, Graveside Project Team.

The New Graveside Project Site

Welcome to our new site. All the information that was on the old site is on this one. Anyone that had an account with an application, either in the works, or completed, has an account already set up here. You’ll shortly receive your new username and password, but it will take some time as this is not an automatic process. If you require immediate access, please email the web administrator.

This new site has some distinct advantages and we recommend you view the tutorials located on the left side menu under “Video Tutorials.”

We’re currently in the process of formatting each and every application to match style of the site INCLUDING GPS coordinates is taking some time and at this point there are 126 published, 172 pending formatting (that on this website were already published), and 7 drafts that various users are still working on. We’ll get them all up as fast as possible and if you have an urgent need, please email the web administrator.

The reason for this change is to create a system that is more robust, easier to read and use, and quite honestly, more interesting to visit and see what is new. Additionally, we’ve removed the word limit to biographies as well as the number of photos you can submit to the site. Please take the time to properly identify the folks in your photos as they will be captioned.

We hope you like the new look and feel. This change will make the site easier to find on google as well as make it available on every sized screen, including phones.


Graveside Project Team

How to Create an Application

These two videos walk you through the process of filling in an Application for a War of 1812 Veteran. Some of the quirks of the form, such as selecting the Date of Death, and other elements that may not be obvious at first.

We hope you find it useful.

Creating Your Application – Part 1

Creating Your Application – Part 2

Creating a User Account

This video will demonstrate how to create a user account in order for you to be able to submit an application for a War of 1812 Veteran Graveside Plaque.

If you already have an account on the previous system, please email and request your username and password. Your account has been created and your current applications attached to that account.

If you don’t have an account on the previous system, we hope you find this video tutorial useful and informative.

Obituary of Elizabeth Hancocks, U.E., A.O.C.A., C.G., C.G.R.S., C.A.L.S.

Elizabeth "Libby" Hancocks
Elizabeth “Libby” Hancocks

TORONTO, ONTARIO, FEB 13 2015 — Elizabeth Hancocks, for nearly a quarter of a century Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, died at Grace Hospital in Scarborough on February 13, 2015, after a short illness. She was 87.

It’s well conceivable to say that her work has indirectly influenced many of the applicants on this website, including her son, who is the webmaster and designer of the site. Indeed, her own ancestor, William Johnson, is listed here as an 1812 Veteran.

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Robert Ross
Commander British Forces
East Coast US

Robert Ross (b1776) joined the 25th Regiment of Foot as an ensign in 1789 and served with distinction with the 20th (East Devonshire) Regiment throughout the Napoleonic Wars in Egypt, Italy, Portugal, Spain and France. He earned four gold battle medals for his illustrious role in four battles against the French — Maida (in Italy), Corunna, Vittoria and the Pyrenees (all in Spain). These four honours earned him the Army Gold Cross. He was promoted Major General at the Battle of Vittoria.

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1814 and The Treaty of Ghent

200 years later

Graveside Project Team
The Graveside Project Team (Left to Right) Dave Brunelle, Lyn Downer and Seaghan Hancocks.

We commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve 1814 to end the War of 1812, which was formally ratified by the United States on February 18, 1815 to cease hostilities. The Treaty of Ghent was signed December 24 1814 between 4 pm and 6 pm by British and American Diplomats ending the War of 1812 and defining the borders of Canada.

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