The making of Canada’s first hero—Isaac Brock
STORY BY SHARON ADAMS
Major-General Isaac Brock was 43 years old when he died on Oct. 13, 1812, while defending Canada from a United States invasion.
That day Canada lost an able administrator, Britain last an insightful military strategist and the Canadian people lost a hero.
Born on Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, in 1769, he was the eighth son in a large family. Three of his older brothers went into the military and Brock followed at the age of 15, becoming an ensign with the 8th Regiment of Foot.
He had an active early career, serving in Barbados and Jamaica and the war with Napoleon. As a lieutenant-colonel in 1797, he was given command of the 49th Regiment of Foot, where his ability to interpret enemy strategies was honed.