Created in 1938, the Fort Henry Guard was the brainchild of Ronald Way, the Director of Fort Henry from 1936 to 1965. His revolutionary idea to put costumed interpreters on the site to inform and entertain visitors was new at the time, and are now considered an essential part of virtually every major historic site.
Guard represents the British Army in Canada in 1867. The year 1867 was
chosen as the date to interpret for two reasons. First, Way felt that
the year in which Canada became a nation should be commemorated.
Second, the British army converted from the 150-year-old "Brown Bess"
musket to the Snider-Enfield breech-loading rifle in 1867 and Way thought
it would be a good weapon to interpret.
Over the past 80 years, the Fort Henry Guard has earned an international reputation for its performance of precision military drill. During the famous Sunset Ceremonies that take place at Fort Henry each summer, the Drums, Squad, and Artillery come together to bring the fort to life.Located in Kingston, Ontario, Fort Henry itself was built between 1832 and 1837. Today, this national historic site is administered by Parks Canada and operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission as a living museum.
Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada Board of Directors
Michelle Foxton (1670), President
Rob Hamilton (FHG 1741), Vice President & Registrar
John Grenville (FHG 750), Secretary & Treasurer
Daniel Rose (FHG 2186), Archivist
Steve Mecredy (FHG 950), Past President
Matthew Archibald (FHG 1826)
Christopher Dearlove (FHG 1692)
Greg Gouthro (FHG 1863)
Tom Little (FHG 593)
Sean O'Donnell (FHG 1737)
Christy O'Neill (FHG 1761)
Alex McLean (FHG 2100)
Michael Murphy (FHG 2231)
The Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada runs a number of events and activities throughout the year to bring members together, and to celebrate the current members of the Fort Henry Guard. In addition to publishing The Guardsman, the club's official newsletter, the Guard Club runs the annual awards ceremony for the current Guard each summer, organizes the Guard reunion every five years, and offers a variety of merchandise for sale.