From: "Montreal History
and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892
Archibald Fletcher was born in Glenorchy, Argylshire, in 1788; came to Canada in 1823; went to New Glasgow for four years, but returned to Montreal in 1827. In the spring of 1831, Mr, Fletcher met with an accident which ultimately caused his death same year.
His son, John
Fletcher, was born in Greenock on the 23rd May, 1815. The late Mr.
John Bruce, Inspector of Schools, when John
was fifteen or sixteen years old had him as one of his best pupils, but
Archibald, his father, dying as above said, he had to leave school at sixteen
and assist his mother. In 1834, he organized for the city a Hook
and Ladder Co. which did good service until 1840, when a Fire Department
was instituted by Charter for the city. In1837-38, he was two years a
As a militia, officer, he first made his appearance in 1847, being appointed Lieutenant and Adjutant, and in 1850 he received the rank of Captain. When the Militia Bill became law he raised one of the two Rifle Companies allotted to Montreal, and was made Captain in 1855. Next year he was promoted to the rank of Major. The same year he became Instructor of Musketry and Drill for the Rifle Corps of Lower Canada. When the 100th Regiment was raised in 1858, he received a commission in it and served four years in it. Returning to Montreal in 1862, during the "Trent affair," he resigned from the 100th and joined the 5th Battalion, being gazetted Major in July, same year. In November of that year he was appointed Brigade Major in the permanent staff of the Militia of No. 6 Military District of Lower Canada, commanded the Volunteers at St. Johns during the Fenian troubles of 1846. He also commanded a brigade at Huntingdon in 1870 at the second Fenian Invasion. In March, 1874 he became Deputy Adjutant General, and in this capacity commanded the troops in Montreal in aid of the civil power. For all these services he was made, as he deserved to be, a C.M.G. by Her Majesty the Queen.
He has commanded Brigade
camps at Laprairie, Franklin, Granby and Sherbrooke, In 1863, he
organized the 1st Rifle Association for the Province of Quebec, and no
man has done more than Colonel Fletcher for the furtherance and progress
of the Militia and Volunteers of his adopted country, making the Volunteers
what they were said to be in the general orders of 1856, and what the Montreal
Volunteers are this year, 1892--"A force whese discipline and appearance
are not excelled by any corps in the Province.''
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