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.
Sharon McDonald, proud descendant of War of 1812 veteran, George Ward, and Ward’s two sons, William and James.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Living with pulmonary hypertension.
The 20 Mile March for Pulmonary Hypertension was initiated by the Royal Scots, whose efforts were inspired by 4 year old Everleigh Pierce, who lives with a rare disease called pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension affects the arteries of the lungs, and is a progressive disease for which there is currently no cure. Inspired by little Everleigh’s battle, the Royal Scots decided to take on a 20 Mile March.
The March was held on February 28, 2015 and went extremely well. The Royal Scots had 11 marchers, of which 7 completed the entire distance of 20 miles. They also had an additional 3 people driving two chase vehicles and assisting the marchers. It was a very cold day but sunny with no wind… ideal for a 20 Mile March!
They had wonderful support from the local community, who provided coffee and a hot meal to get the Scots through the entire distance. The March, the Memorial to the Fallen of the Battle of Longwoods, a church luncheon and a premiere of a Movie made by Crocodile Productions made for an excellent weekend.
The March raised well over $1000 for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada, which offers education, advocacy and support to people like Everleigh living with pulmonary hypertension.
Contributed by: Glenn Stott of the Royal Scots and Bronwyn McBride of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada
Memorial Service to remember the soldiers who died at the Battle of Longwoods March 4, 1814 to take place
May 2nd – Education Day
May 3rd -4th – Reenactment Weekend For more information go to:
The History of the Battle of Longwoods
The first weekend in May, at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area, you can experience history being brought to life. Every year, the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society presents the Battle of Longwoods.
Step back in time to March 4, 1814, as British troops attempt to expel American invaders. Hear the crack of the musket and the roar of the cannon. Come and experience life in the early 19th century. See the colourful clothing, smell the food prepared over open fires, and let us entertain your family for the day.
At the Longwoods Road Conservation Area
8348 Longwoods Rd
Contact Marvin Recker (519) 471-9546