Sergeant Joseph Laroncille

Born: Date Unknown, Quebec City, Lower Canada (Quebec)
Died: Unknown

I am Sergeant Joseph Laroncille. I joined the New Brunswick Regiment of Fencible Infantry in 1805. This regiment became New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot in 1810. I was a good soldier and was promoted to Corporal and then to Sergeant. I was also a musician. By 1813, I was a member of Captain H.H. Carmichael’s regimental staff company No. 11 and I was in charge of the regiment’s brass band. On 16 June 1813, I was on board the schooner Lady Murray that was sailing from Kingston to York (now Toronto), Upper Canada (Ontario). The ship was carrying soldiers from the 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot and New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot along with stores and ammunition. The American schooner Lady of the Lake, under command of Lieutenant Wolcott Chauncey, captured us and we became prisoners of war. When word of this reached the British Army, I was reported as missing on 24 June 1813. It was rumoured that I later joined the enemy (the Americans) but that was never confirmed.

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