Amherst's Flag

Contributed by PWO Museum

On 13 September 1759, the King of England, George II, sent part of the Navy and part of the Army to North America, to remove the French. General Geoffrey, Lord Amherst was the Commander in Chief. Amherst realised that Quebec City, occupied by the French Army was the key to the French defence of Canada and dispatched General Wolfe to capture the city. After a fierce battle, in which both Wolfe and his French counterpart, General Montcalm lost their lives, the British prevailed and a Royal Naval flag, was raised over the city. Later, this flag was presented to Lord Amherst to commemorate the historic battle. As Amherst was Colonel of The East Yorkshire Regiment, he eventually donated it to their Museum (now the PWO Museum in York). The flag was completely restored in 2010.

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