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Henry Rammage
Royal Artillery

The 41st came to Canada in 1799, serving both Upper and Lower Canada prior to the war. They arrived on the western front, at Amherstburg, in 1805. By then, their reputation¬† as an effective fighting force had been well established. General Brock noted the men to be “fit and well informed” and mentioned their “high state of discipline.” When war broke out they had already spent thirteen years in North America and they were expecting to return home to Britain on a rotation transfer. Instead, the marching orders were altered; remain fast and defend the Motherland’s colony.
A small guard detachment stationed at Fort Malden fired the opening shots of the war, their target General Hull’s men at the River Canard bridge. The date was July 16, 1812. The heroic stand became a rallying cry as the Regiment stepped up its war rehearsal manoeuvers.

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Royal Artillery

William Hutchins
Flank Company
1st Regiment Essex Militia

William Hutchins I is my third great grandfather. He was born in Dorchester, Dorset, England in 1748. William connected with a Pennsylvania Quaker family, that of Ezekiel Dennis and Ann Heacock Dennis. This family pulled up roots in Rockhill, Pennsylvania and crossed the Niagara River at Fort Erie, in 1782.

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Flank Company
1st Regiment Essex Militia

John Campbell Garden
Royal Newfoundland Regiment of
Fencible Infantry

John C Garden joined the 5th Company Royal Newfoundland Regiment commanded by Captain John T. Whelan, 16 Dec 1807,  his brother James joined the next day both as Junior Officers. Their father was William Henry Garden (1749-1812) UEL.

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Royal Newfoundland Regiment of
Fencible Infantry