Ottawa Citizen, 14 October 1912, page 4

Brock’s Death Commemorated

Fitting services on Queenstown Heights Field

Queenston, Ont, – Oct 13- Representative military officers, citizens, clergymen, statesmen and Indians gathered here today irrespective of creed or party for the common object of commemorating the splendid victory of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, one hundred years ago in the historic battle of Queenston Heights, which immortalized his name and saved Upper Canada from the invaders from the south.

Standing bare-headed at the base of the magnificent column erected to his memory on the summit of the heights, prominent Canadians in terms as simple as they were eloquent, recounted the history of that famous birthland of the general whose indomitable courage is placed before the school children of the Dominion as an example of noble, and self-sacrificing manhood.  They told of how in the famous certain death that small force of British regulars, Canadian militiamen and Indians under Brock and Lieut. Col John Macdonnell, after having been once repulsed, gained possession of the battery on the hill and turned defeat into a glorious victory which will for ever occupy a place of honor in the annals of British heroism.  Every member of the loyal throng which had gathered from all the parts of Ontario honor the memory of the saviour of their country was thrilled when once again they heard the story of the deeds of their sturdy ancestors on that memorable occasion. 

The day was just such a one as that upon which Brock died, and when the guns of St Catherine’s field battery boomed forth over the battlefield, the salute to the dead general filling of the air with smoke and the smell of powder, but little imagination was needed to recall the historic morning of Oct 13th 1812.

The scene will long be remembered by those who were present.  Just to the right of the monument were the speakers and official representatives of the various patriotic societies on a small platform upon which were chairs and a table.  Behind the speakers was a silken banner bearing the cross of St George and one the monument itself were the many beautiful wreaths and floral tributes from various organizations.  In a semi-circle around the monument were the spectators, of whom there were some 1 300, while detachments of the Royal Canadian Regiment of Stanley barracks, the 48th Highlanders, the Queen’s Own, the 10th Royal Grenadiers, the Ridley College Cadets, the Mississauga Horse and other units formed the outer edge of the half circle.  Over all the Union Jack floated proudly in the breeze.

The gathering was in many respects a unique one.  It consisted of all classes of people including school children, hoary headed veterans, whose fathers or grandfathers had participated in the struggle and a party of 67 Six Nation Indians from Brantford, all wearing small flags or other decorations.

An effort was made to discover some descendants of Brock’s but it was found there was no blood relation living in Canada.  A Claude Macdonnell MP, John A Macdonnell, McLean Macdonnell and Dr. Drame of Toronto, all great grand-nephews of Lieut. Col John Macdonell were present however. Mrs. Birdsall and Miss Mary Clark of Niagara, both direct descendants of Laura Secord, whose fame is second only to that of Brock, were also present.