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  • A Canada General Service Medal to a Decedent of the 1812 Secord Family
  • A Canada General Service Medal to a Decedent of the 1812 Secord Family
  • A Canada General Service Medal to a Decedent of the 1812 Secord Family
  • A Canada General Service Medal to a Decedent of the 1812 Secord Family

Item: C4571

A Canada General Service Medal to a Decedent of the 1812 Secord Family


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A Canada General Service Medal to a Decedent of the 1812 Secord Family

1 Clasp - FENIAN RAID 1870 (Pte. R.E. Woodruff Queenstown M.I. Co.). Naming is officially impressed, the second “o” in the surname and the “M” in the unit double struck. Court-mounted, original ribbon, dark patina, contact marks, better than very fine.
Footnote: Richard Edgar Woodruff was born on March 11, 1847 in St. Davids, Canada West (now Ontario), the son of William Henry Woodruff (1814-1897), a United Empire Loyalist & Mary Delilah (Secord) Woodruff (1818-1895), daughter of Major David Secord. Woodruff's grandfather, Major David Secord was a member of Butler's Rangers, as was his father, James Secord during the American Revolution. Following the war, James Secord and his family moved to Queenston, Upper Canada (now Ontario). David Secord left his parent's home and was instrumental in developing the community of St. Davids on Four Mile Creek, where he built a sawmill in 1791. He was commissioned as a justice of the peace in 1796, represented 2nd Lincoln in the fifth parliament of Upper Canada (1809-1812), was made a Lieutenant of Militia in 1788, a Captain in 1794, and Major in the 2nd Lincoln Militia in 1806. He claimed to have fought in every significant engagement in the Niagara District during the War of 1812 and he commanded his Regiment at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane on July 25, 1814. Major Secord's brother was Sergeant James Secord (named after his father), who was wounded at the Battle of Queenston Heights and was one of the men who carried away General Brock's body after he was killed during the battle, along with being married to Laura Secord (nee Ingersoll), who herself was known for having walked twenty miles out of American-occupied territory in 1813, to warn British forces under Lieutenant James FitzGibbon at Beaver Dams of an impending American attack. Major David Secord's grandson, Private Richard Edgar Woodruff is shown on the roll of the 14 man Queenstown Mounted Infantry Company and is listed on page 244 of the "Canada General Service Medal Roll, 1866-70" by John Thyen, entitled to the Fenian Raid 1870 clasp. He is documented as having been posted to two locations (Queenstown and Niagara) from May 16 to June 16, 1870. He was married to Jane Sammonds and the couple had one daughter, Helena Woodruff, born in 1877. Shortly after his military service, Woodruff moved to Hamilton, where he was in business for nearly half a century. Early in life, he took up the study of geology and the knowledge he acquired was often used by those who wished advice on mining formations, Woodruff taking a special interest in the mineral molybdenite and its use in connection with the steel industry (molyddenite used as an alloy with iron, creates Ferromolybdenum, an important component of high strength and corrosion-resistant steel). Woodruff is on record as taking out a patent with the Canadian Patent Office for a Multiform Tool (No. 34,827) in 1890. He was known to have a kindly and gentle disposition throughout his private and business life, endearing him to a host of friends. He and his wife, Jane, moved to Grimsby, Ontario in 1912. Fenian Raid veteran Richard Edgar Woodruff died on Tuesday, January 4, 1921, due to heart failure, at the age of 73. His funeral service took place at his former residence on Thursday, January 6th, followed by his burial in St. John's Presbyterian Cemetery, the Reverand J. Allan Ballard and the Reverand L.H. Currie officiating.
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