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DRUMMOND, William, British soldier, born in Ketie, Perthshire, Scotland; killed at Fort Erie, Canada, 15 August 1814. He entered the army at an early age, and at St. Vincent, when a lieutenant in the 2d West India regiment, received the highest testimonial from Lieutenant General Hunter, under whom he served. At the attack on Sackett's Harbor, in the war with the United States, he was wounded, and so distinguished himself that he was mentioned in the public dispatches. He was lieutenant colonel of the 104th regiment, and quartermaster general in Canada at the time of his death. He perished, according to some accounts, in the explosion of the mine at Fort Erie (see DRUMMOND, Sir GORDON); but other authorities say that Drummond ordered his men to " give the Yankees no quarter," and that he was killed by the side of Lieutenant MacDonough, who had asked him for quarter, but was shot by him.
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