David Cruickshank, FHG 265, passed away on February 5 at the age of 83.  David joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1955, and it remained an important part of his life for more than 60 years.  David was part of the Guard that went to the Royal Tournament in 1956, and he organized a reunion of that group in 2009.  He was also a member of the Fort Henry Guard Club board for a number of years, and the award for Most Proficient Drums Recruit was named after him.

Several former Guard have shared thoughts about David on the Fort Henry Guard Facebook page.  You can also find his obituary here:  The Kingston Whig-Standard

For those who wish, donations in David’s memory may be made to Trinity Church Wolfe Island, the Humane Society, or Breakfast Club of Canada.

We extend our sincere condolences to David’s wife Jean, to his children and grandchildren, and to his friends, colleagues and former students.


The St. Lawrence Parks Commission is beginning public consultations on the development of its 5-year strategic plan & 10-year roadmap. As committed supporters of Fort Henry and the Fort Henry Guard , please share your thoughts by completing the initial survey before February 7, 2021. Full details about this first of several rounds of consultations, and a link to the survey, can be found here.

We learned recently of the passing of William (Bill) Beattie, FHG 599, who joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1965.  Bill passed away on December 26, 2018 at the age of 71.  Bill was a teacher for the Lambton Board of Education for many years, and passed on his love of French and German to both his students and colleagues.

You can read more about Bill’s life in his obituary:  The Sarnia Observer

Robert (Bob) Greggs, FHG 192, passed away on December 3, 2020 at the age of 90.  Bob joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1951, and after a completely an undergraduate degree at Queen’s, he went on to complete a Master’s and PhD at the University of British Columbia.

From his obituary:  During this time of the pandemic, we are unable to gather to mark Bob’s life as we would like. Raise a glass of decent red in Bob’s name, and should you wish to make a memorial donation, anything avian or green would meet his approval.

You can read the full obituary here:  Kingston Whig-Standard

We offer our condolences to Bob’s family, friends, and to all of the students he inspired.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of John Stevenson, FHG 533, on January 5, 2021 at home in Halfmoon Bay, BC.  His son Scott wrote to share the news, and said that John was always very proud to be a member of the Fort Henry Guard, and that he cherished those experiences and friendships throughout his life.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date when it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers donations to the Sechelt Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.  For more information about John’s impressive achievements, please read his obituary

We offer our condolences to John’s family and friends.



Distinguished Canadian, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, CM, CMM, OOnt, MSC, CD (Retired) is set to carry on a long-standing tradition by becoming the official representative to Fort Henry National Historic Site as its new Honorary Guard Commander this month, with a farewell to the Honourable Hugh D. Segal, OC, OOnt, CD, Fort Henry Guard #4, who has held the position since 2006.

With a striking repertoire of accomplishments and after a 36-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Major-General MacKenzie’s courageous leadership and perseverance will be significant to the morale and esprit-de-corps within the ceremonial life of the dedicated Fort Henry Guard.


A graduate of Xavier Junior College of Sydney, Nova Scotia and the University of Manitoba, he is celebrated for his lessons on leadership, years of expertise on conflict resolution and delivery of humanitarian aid under the most difficult of circumstances. During his military career, he served nine years in Germany with NATO forces and commanded peacekeeping tours of duty in the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Cairo, Vietnam, Central America and most prominently known for his committed efforts in Sarajevo in the former Republic of Yugoslavia under the United Nations Protection Force in 1992.

He has received worldwide publicity and acclaim for his personal involvement in organizing and directing the delivery and distribution of humanitarian aid brought into Sarajevo during this period, while at the same time negotiating between the warring factions on behalf of the United Nations. This ultimately enhanced the reputation of both the United Nations and Canada.

For his lifetime achievement in protective services, Major-General MacKenzie was named a member of The Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour. He became the first Canadian, military or civilian to be awarded a second Meritorious Service Cross. He earned the respect and appreciation of many nations for his uncompromising commitment to operations, accomplished leadership, and spirited cooperation. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1993.

His book, Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo, was a #1 bestseller, and the award-winning documentary based on it, A Soldier’s Peace, has aired in over 60 countries. His follow-up book, Soldiers Made Me Look Good: A Life in the Shadow of War was released to critical acclaim.

He will be serving as a role model to preserve and promote both the Fort Henry Guard and Fort Henry. A Change of Command ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 Time: 5 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. EST
Link: www.facebook.com/forthenry1832

More details can be found in the full press release.

It’s that time of year again – the weather is getting colder, and the holidays are just around the corner.  From now until November 30th, you can get 15% off your purchase of FHG merchandise on our online store – just use promo code 15FRIDAY

There’s a great range of clothing available, including sweatshirts, hoodies, and jackets, and it’s all customizable.  And best of all, a portion of the sales support Guard Club activities. 

Happy shopping!