Military commission of George Ridout within the York Militia, June 1812
This is the military commission appointing George Ridout to the rank of Lieutenant in the Flank Company of the Third Regiment of the York Militia. It was issued by Isaac Brock, President administering the Government of Upper Canada and Major General commanding his Majesty’s forces on June 30, 1812. It is signed by Brock in the lower right corner and includes a red wax seal in the upper left corner. The Flank Company was composed of selected volunteers who could be fully outfitted with muskets and ammunition. In a letter to his brother Thomas, George wrote of his impending promotion, “I am to be promoted to a Lieutenant in the Grenadier Company which is a Flank Compy. [abbr.] composed of picked men nearly of a size and who are tolerably well disciplined.” (Thomas Ridout Family Fonds, 25 June 1812, F43, Archives of Ontario; Robert Malcomson, Capital in Flames: The American Attack On York, 1813, Montreal: Robin Brass Studio, 2008, p. 23.)
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