The Fort Henry Guard is back! The Drill Squad, Drums, and Domestic interpreter complements are at fuller numbers this year after two years of hiatus. The passion, dedication, discipline, and devotion to living history, drill, and music we all know and share is rampant and ever-present with the returned FHG of 2022.

The FHG needs your support now more than ever. Show the FHG your support by planning a visit to Fort Henry this summer. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, cheer on the Guard during parades and participate in living history programming. Also consider joining the Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada (FHGCC) if you’re not yet a member. The annual membership fee is a very reasonable rate and goes towards supporting the Fort Henry Guard. Head to our membership page for more information and to sign up. 

The FHGCC has once again secured a discounted Fort Henry admission rate of $10.00 + HST for Day Programming (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) for all FHGCC members in good standing. Club members simply show proof of membership at the Ticket Booth when purchasing their ticket to enjoy the discounted rate. This proof of membership can be shown as the member’s online FHGCC Member Page on your mobile device or as a print-off.

While Sunset Ceremonies will not be happening this July, I’m pleased to say that the Fort Henry Tattoo is returning on Saturday, August 20. Featuring guest pipe and brass bands from across Ontario, this year the Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad, and Artillery subunits will take a more prominent role in the event. They will perform their drill sequences and the Guard would love to have as many FHG alumni cheering them on! So be sure to get the Tattoo in your calendar and head here to book your tickets now!

….and be sure to keep an eye out later this summer for news about Sunset Ceremonies as there may be more to announce at a later date!

Thanks for your continued support. Et Nos Meremur
Alex McLean
President
Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada

Tom Little, FHG 593, has put together a very helpful outline of the Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada’s organizational structure.  It includes a list of the Club’s Officers, Board members, and the various committees (including the Executive Committee, Reunion Committee, Awards Committee, and the newly formed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee).

A copy of the updated structure is below, and it can also be found on the website’s Members section, which also includes a number of additional useful documents (list of Guard numbers, Club Bylaws and Code of Conduct, etc).

Larry Goucher, FHG 760, passed away on April 16, 2022 with his wife Nancy at his side after a long illness brought on by an infection. 

Larry will probably be best remembered by many Cadets in the early 1970s, when he was I/C of the Advanced Battery, in charge of two locker rooms of high school students.  Larry took on the important task of molding these young men into members of the Drums and Drill Squad for future seasons. 

He will also be remembered by his fellow gunners on the 1967 Cadet Armstrong team under Dave Lisson (FHG 626, and a corporal at the time), who won the Armstrong competition, much to the chagrin of the older university students on the Drums and Drill Squad teams. 

Larry retained his connection with the Guard over the years with donations to the Fort Henry Guard Foundation and attendance at the Guard Reunions.  Larry’s wife can be reached at nancygoucher72[at]gmail.com

Fort Henry National Historic Site and the Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada are partnering to launch a mentorship program for this year’s summer staff.  COVID severely impacted the hiring system Fort Henry relies on, where student staff have time to progress naturally through leadership positions and learn different aspects of Senior Guard responsibilities prior to being in those roles.

The aim of this program is to utilize former Senior Guard to help mentor and coach this season’s Senior Guard through a challenging transition from the rank-and-file to young leaders of the Fort Henry Guard. 

More information about how we see this program operating, what the expectations of a mentor are, and a basic guide to mentoring in general, can be found in this PDF.

Some notes:

  • The Fort Henry Guard is always changing, growing, and evolving. While not required, preference will be given to those who have worked at the Fort in the last 20 to 25 years to ensure mentors are up to date on current practices.
  • We are also seeking female mentors as we anticipate there being many female mentees.
  • Mentors do not have to live in the Kingston area to participate. A completely virtual mentorship can be facilitated.

If you are interested in applying, please complete this Google Form.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Please contact camsmith@trentu.ca with any questions or if you have trouble accessing the Google form.

Thank you!

Cover of Dr. Garry Willard's book Into the Dragon's Jaws

Into the Dragon’s Jaws

A Canadian Combat Surgeon in The Vietnam War

Dr. Garry L. Willard

Foreword by:  Brigadier-General (Ret.) William J. Patterson (FHG 211) 

Congratulations to Dr. Garry Willard, FHG 381, (Guard of 1958-1960), whose recently- published book, Into the Dragon’s Jaws, provides an intensely personal and detailed narrative of his 1968 experiences as a trauma surgeon during the most severe fighting in the Vietnam War.  The book offers an account of the pain, as well as the acts of kindness, created by war and reveals a piece of Canadian and military history that is not widely known.

Dr. Willard’s book is available on Amazon, Chapters and Barnes & Noble websites in e-book (Kindle, Kobo, Nook), Paperback and Hardcover print formats.  The author is currently connecting with many Associations such as The American College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, The Royal Canadian Air Force Association, Eastern Command Naval Association, Vietnam Combat Veterans, Military Veterans of Canada, USMC – Vietnam Veterans, Vietnam Veterans Photo Club, Veterans Affairs – Canada Remembers, Vietnam War History Organization and Vietnam War Book & Film Club that are backing his desire to donate part of the royalties for PTSD Research and Treatment of PTSD in our Military and Veterans.  Of interest is the fact that the e-book generates as much royalty as the print version, so even if less expensive, it is still significant as to the donations Dr. Willard will be able to make for PTSD Research and Treatment.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Howard Henry, FHG 486, on November 12 in Toronto.  Howard joined the Guard in 1961 and was a proud member of the Fort Henry Guard Club, as is his son Chris Henry, FHG 1395.

Howard was a member of the Squad from 1961 to 1964, and was the Right Marker at the Royal Tournament at Earl’s Court in London, England in 1963.  He touched many lives – in Canada, Barbados and abroad – during his long and successful career, and was very proud of his 7 children, 17 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

The community is invited to join the family via Zoom on November 17 and 18 for a service and to share memories of Howard.  The Zoom room will open at 7:30 pm with a service beginning at 8:00 pm.  The link is here.

We extend our condolences to Howard’s family and friends at this difficult time.

We recently learned that Canon Alexander Wakeling, FHG 219, passed away on September 6, 2019.  Canon Wakeling joined the Fort Henry Guard in the summer of 1952, and he later served as a chaplain in the military for 27 years, both in Canada and abroad.  He was also a priest in the diocese of Calgary, and was Vicar at St. Georges Cathedral in Kingston until his retirement. 

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Patricia, his children, grandchildren, and great grandson.

Obituary:  The Kingston Whig-Standard

 

It is Truth and Reconciliation Week in Canada. This week offers the opportunity for us to reflect on the dark and difficult parts of our shared history with Indigenous people. This Thursday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day in recognition of a movement that originated with Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor – and it is also the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

As we observe this day, Senator Murray Sinclair, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, challenges all Canadians to “read the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Report and pick one that you can work on, that you understand and make it happen. This is not a spectator sport. We need you, to bring reconciliation to a reality in this country.”  

We encourage everyone to participate in recognizing the legacy and ongoing effects of colonization and residential schools through a meaningful way whether it be through quiet reflection, participating in in-person or online events, or engaging in conversation.

 Here are some resources to support our reflection:  

Alex McLean

President, Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada