William C. Fitch

Plot F, Lot 8
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

During the Northwest Rebellion, the settlement of Batôche on the South Saskatchewan River was the site of the headquarters of Louis Riel and his Métis. On May 9, 1885, almost six thousand government troops under General Frederick Middleton attacked Batôche. The siege lasted three days and on the 12th, Captain William Fitch of the Toronto-based 10th Royal Grenadiers was killed, as the official record states, “by a bullet through the heart.” In total, seven government soldiers were killed during the Battle of Batôche. Riel surrendered to Middleton two days later.

Mike Filey
Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide
Second Edition Revised and Expanded

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