Ward ancestors to be honoured

Written by Sharon McDonald, October 2016

On behalf of George Ward’s descendants of Wardsville and area, the Ward family is proud to announce the unveiling of two commemorative plaques honouring our ancestors, George, William and James who fought in the War of 1812. These plaques were created by the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada, a re-enactment group and funded by the Government of Canada.

George Ward, our 3rd great grandfather, along with his two eldest sons William and James, who are our 2nd Great uncles, are to be recognized for their contributions during the War of 1812.

George Ward was a career soldier who came over to fight with the British in many parts of North America. He eventually brought his family. When the War of 1812 started, George was 69, William was 18 and James was 17. James died in the war. George and William were imprisoned in Detroit for a period of time.

The research that my Mother Lela Ward Smith started along with the help of researchers and historians, such as Glenn Stott from the Chatham area and Ruth Nicholson from the Hamilton area, verified that George Ward and his sons fought in the war with the Loyal Kent Militia.


George Ward

Sharon McDonald, proud descendant of War of 1812 veteran, George Ward, and Ward’s two sons, William and James.

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Marching for Everleigh 2016

To commemorate the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of the Longwoods, the UTMRS which portrays the 1814 Light Company of the Royal Scots will be again marching from Delaware to Battle Hill, the site of the battle, a distance of twenty miles.  Again they will be raising funds in honour of five-year-old, for Pulmonary Hypertension, a terminal disease from which adults and children are afflicted.  

If you wish to donate, or participate, please contact Brad Stott at 519 473 3814 or brad@vbands.com to register and/or receive any further information.

The march will commence at 7:00 am, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the parking lot near the 402 exit on the Longwoods Road.  The UTMRS will this year be joined by the Royal Scots Grenadier re-enactment group as well as any members of the public interested in the march or raising funds for PH.

The march will be broken into two components and marchers may do one or both of the components.  The first component, will be the march to Melbourne, a distance of about 10 miles, along the Longwoods Road, and the second component, following lunch, will be to complete the other ten-mile march to Battle Hill.

Lunch will be served in Melbourne (location to be finalized) to all participants.

Last year, of the ten original marchers, seven completed the march by 3:30pm and raised over $1500 for Pulmonary Hypertension. There will be a chase vehicle available to provide support as needed.


Remembering the Battle of the Longwoods

On Sunday, March 6, at 2:00pm a Longwoods Memorial Service will be held at Battle Hill Park to commemorate the only major battle fought in the London- Middlesex area during the War of 1812.  

This year’s service will feature the dedication of the new flagpoles which have the Union Jack and the 15 star U.S. flag.  Following the service, there will be a luncheon held at the Wardsville United Church.  All are welcome to participate in this annual and unique program.

Battle of Longwoods site is located at 2945 Longwoods Rd., Southwest Middlesex .  Arrive early and park carefully on the side of the road.

Reading of Tecumseh Play

Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3 p.m.  To be held at First St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens’ Avenue at Waterloo Street Free parking on nearby streets.  www.fsaunited.com.

Like a Hero Going Home” – the final days of Tecumseh.

A reading and discussion of this play by noted local playwright, Marion Johnson and Chippewa elder and historian, George Henry.  Participants will gain an increased understanding of First Nations people, both what they have achieved and what they have endured.

The play is an important follow-up to the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. All are welcome.  Free will offering.  Proceeds to go to The Healing Fund of the United Church of Canada.