War of 1812


5 May 1813

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A battle honour forming part of the Government of Canada’s awards in commemoration of the War of 1812.Footnote 1


In the spring of 1813 British forces attempted to undermine American attempts to build up their military forces in northern Ohio, in particular through the construction of Fort Meigs on the Maumee (or Miami) River. On 5 May a British force under Major-General Henry Procter, consisting of British regulars, Canadian colonial militia, and aboriginal warriors, attempted to capture Fort Meigs. Although the British were unsuccessful, the battle delayed American movements towards and into western Upper Canada to the extent that they were unable to join forces with American troops along the Niagara frontier that year.Footnote 2

Awarded to:

Currently serving unitsFootnote 3

  • The Essex and Kent Scottish
    Awards to the 1st and 2nd Regiments of Essex Militia (1812-15), the 1st Regiment of Kent Militia (1812-15), and The Western Rangers (Caldwell’s Rangers)
  • The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
    Direct award to commemorate the service of the Royal Newfoundland Fencible Infantry.
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