William Thompson was born in Lesmahaga, Lanark England in 1797. He joined the British Army on November 12, 1812 at the age of 15. Thompson was a member of the 2nd Regiment York Militia, Corp of Colours under the command of Captain Samuel Ryckman.
Robert Reuben Runchey was born c. 1756 in Ireland. He married Eleanor de Bonnat and in 1788 they emigrated to Canada. It is thought that their eldest child, Reuben, was born on the Atlantic during that voyage or when they arrived in Quebec. In addition to Reuben, Robert and Eleanor had at least five more children: (not in order of birth)
- Robert Reuben
George Fowler was probably born in England in about 1766. In 1798, he was a lieutenant in the York Regiment of Fencible Infantry in Ireland. On 7 August 1806, Lieutenant Fowler was transferred to the 41st Regiment of Foot, which was in Canada.