On April 16, 1812, Major-General Le Couteur writes to Major-General Brock asking him to assist his seventeen year old son, John Le Couteur, who has been sent to Canada. Two days earlier, on April 14,1812, Admiral James Saumarez had also written to Brock asking Brock to help John Le Coutear. On April 20, the boy's grandfather, Sir John Dumaresq, will also write a letter of introduction for him.
In November 18111, John Le Conteur, though only 17 years old, had been promoted from Ensign in the 96th Regiment (on Jersey) to a Lieutenant in the 104th Regiment of Foot. His regiment was posted in Fredericton, New Brunswick, so he was sent there. In the War of 1812, the 104th regiment was ordered to march 700 miles from Fredericton to defend Kingston in Upper Canada. The march took from February 21 to April 12, 1813. After the war, in 1816, Le Couteur was appointed Aide-de-camp to his father who was now serving in Curaçao. The letter of Major General Le Conteur is reproduced below.
I am here in consequence of a mistake in orders sent to me by Lord Palmerston, to join the army in Portugal, when his lordship meant Jamaica. On my arrival at Lisbon I found out the mistake, and I hope in a few days to sail for my real destination.
My son, whom you perhaps will remember an infant when you were in Jersey, will have the pleasure to deliver you this letter, if the 104th regiment be in your neighbourhood. He is only seventeen years old; very young to be sent loose on the wide world. Allow me to recommend him to your kindness and friendlyprotection; and should he be quartered at some distance from you, permit me to request you will be so good as to introduce him to some steady officer, or to such of your friends as might be in his neighbourhood. I shall hope to have him soon as my aide-de-camp.