Private William Lammy

Born: Unknown
Died: 18 March 1813 near Woodstock, New Brunswick

I am Private William Lammy. My name has also been recorded as Lamie or Lane. I joined New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot on 11 May 1811. I was one of close to 600 men who marched from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Kingston, Upper Canada (Ontario) to join the fighting in the War of 1812. Before leaving Fredericton, the strong healthy men who could make the march were separated from the older men and the boys (those younger than 16) who would probably not survive the rigours of the journey. These boys and older men were left behind to follow by ship in the spring of 1813 when the St. Lawrence River became free of ice and shipping resumed. This of course, is the reason we had to walk in the first place: normally extra troops would be brought in by ship along the St. Lawrence River, but by the time they realized they needed extra troops the St. Lawrence was frozen for the winter. They were going to need extra troops before the river thawed and since we were the closest regiment, we got the orders to march to Upper Canada. I was sick at the time of our departure, and I really should have been left behind but I was not. About four days into the march, my company stopped for the night at the home of Captain George Bull, of Bull’s Creek, just below Woodstock. We were sent to a few nearby homes and barns to sleep for the night. I went to sleep at Mr. Rogers’ place, which was next door to Captain Bull’s house. I got really sick that night and I died a few weeks later – I was not a very good house guest! Reverend F. Dibblee of Woodstock recorded in the parish register “March 17, 1813. Buried Lane, a soldier of the 104th, who was taken sick on the way to Canada and died at Mr. Rogers”. I was the only soldier of the 104th to die during the march, but I was definitely sick before we left.

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