Remembering where we came from
I am happy to live in Wasaga Beach, a town that remembers our roots and the beginning of being a nation. As we move forward and try to assert ourselves as Canadians and what it means to be Canadian in an ever- changing world, we tend to forget the people from outside Canada who gave their lives defending this land and contributing to Canada’s future.
When the America invaded Canada, the 2nd Battalion of the 89th Foot was deployed to the Niagara region from Britain. The history of the regiment states that a company of soldiers from the 89th came under fire at Fort George and the Commander- in- Chief expressed his admiration of their conduct on this occasion in general orders.
The battalion was also sent to defend Montreal along with the 49th Foot and some militia. They caught up with the Americans at Chryslers Farm on Nov. 11, 1813, severely defeating the Americans, sending them back across the river and saving Montreal.
The 2nd/ 89th earned the admiration of the Lieutenant- General Commanding for their steadiness and gallantry at Black Rock ( Dec. 30, 1813), and Lundy’s Lane ( July 26, 1814), where they lost 217 men out of 400 and gained the battle honour “Niagara,” and the investment of Fort Erie.
The battalion, later known as the Royal Irish Fusiliers, returned home to Ireland in 1815 leaving over half of the Battalion KIA and buried in Canada.
Dedicated to the memory of the men left behind in Canada.
George Kernaghan Wasaga Beach