I was on the Queenston Heights yesterday, looking at the impressive monument built in the 1850s, replacing the original (destroyed in 1840) built in 1824 to honour the War of 1812 death of General Isaac Brock. Fittingly, monuments have been added to acknowledge the role of First Nations in that fateful battle. What is decidedly lack is recognition of the Coloured Corps.
In 1824, when Brock's body was moved from the grave he was put in when he died, and taken up for burial in the crypt at that the base of the monument, 6 members of the Coloured Corp, walking behind the hearse carrying the body, and leading a white horse, were part of the honour guard. Their names seem impossible to find.
Richard Pierpoint, who settled brief in the Fergus area before the creation of the village, was almost certainly one of them, since he was the man who proposed the creation of the corp to Brock.
Who were the other five?