Red Coats at Westfield Heritage Centre.

A British soldier’s helmet from the War of 1812 era sits on a bench at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. Members of the recreated Upper Canada Militia and the 89th Regiment of Foot were training at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. When the Americans attacked Canada in 1812, all Canadian men between sixteen and sixty had to be ready to take up arms to defend their country against the invaders. They reinforced the British Forces and successfully repelled multiple attacks for 3 years. The regiment was practicing early 19th century battle drill, maneuverers, and tactics and demonstrating black powder musketry. The uniforms they wear and the weapons they use, are exactly the same as the Canadian and British soldiers in the War of 1812.

 

Red Coat Greg Okrafta selects his “Brown Bess” rifle from the collection before heading to battle re-enactment practise at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday.

Greg Okrafta in his British Red Coat uniform heads to the battle re-enactment practising at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday.

 

Bill Hoffman in his British Red Coat uniform gets ready to take part in battle re-enactment practising skills and equipment used the War of 1812 at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. This is the first time out as a group this year and members were taking the time to march in formation, load and fire their “Brown Bess” rifles as well as speaking with members of the public about details of the War of 1812.

Rob Stokes of Brampton portraying a member of the 2nd York Militia for the British Army. The Red Coats and thier militia members were practising their battle re-enactment skills at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. This is the first time out as a group this year and members were taking the time to march in formation, load and fire their “Brown Bess” rifles as well as speaking with members of the public about details of the War of 1812.

The 89th regiment of foot British Red Coat soldiers heads to battle re-enactment practise at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. This is the first time out as a group this year and members were taking the time to march in formation, load and fire their “Brown Bess” rifles as well as speaking with members of the public about details of the War of 1812.

 

RedCoats from left,Reg Bainbridge Bruce Bainbridge, Greg Okrafta, Ryan McNeilly, and Bill Hoffman, Behind them the militia Peter Boyd, Rob Stokes, and David Sanderson portraying the 89th regiment of foot British Red Coat soldiers in battle re-enactment practise at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. This is the first time out as a group this year and members were taking the time to march in formation, load and fire their “Brown Bess” rifles as well as speaking with members of the public about details of the War of 1812.

 

RedCoats from left,Bruce Bainbridge, Greg Okrafta, Ryan McNeilly, and Bill Hoffman, portraying the 89th regiment of foot, British Red Coat soldiers loading their “Brown Bess” rifles in battle re-enactment practise at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. This is the first time out as a group this year and members were taking the time to march in formation, load and fire their “Brown Bess” rifles as well as speaking with members of the public about details of the War of 1812.

Red Coat Bill Hoffman reacts to the blast of the “Brown Bess” rifles in battle re-enactment practise at Westfield Heritage Village Sunday. This is the first time out as a group this year and members were taking the time to march in formation, load and fire their “Brown Bess” rifles as well as speaking with members of the public about details of the War of 1812. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

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