MEMORIALIZES 39 SOLDIERS BURIED AT PORT MAITLAND
a clear yet dark morning of May 7, 1850, a ship had only moments before
it left Port Maitland with soldiers from the Reserve Battalion, Royal
Welsh Fusiliers (23rd Foot)
as it headed out onto Lake Erie.
after 12:10 a.m. their ship, the Commerce was
struck by a steamer ship, the Despatch.
This resulted in the deaths of at least thirty-nine soldiers, and
family members. It is unknown how many in total perished, nor is
it known how many were buried in Christ Church Cemetery at Port
Maitland. We do know that the bulk of them were interred there.
Sunday April 29th at 11 a.m.
a communion service will be held at Christ Church where a scroll with
the names of the thirty-nine known souls will be presented to the
church by Port Maitland, “On the Grand” Historical Association.
All are welcome!
might be a perfect time to ask our citizens to join with Christ Church
in their ongoing cemetery restoration. Envelopes will be in the
seats in which you may place a donation toward this project.
Income tax receipts will be issued.