Was your ancestor an officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Discover if your ancestor died while on duty, and learn important biographical details from your ancestor’s obituary.
The record sets pertaining to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) included in this collection are as follows:
Honour Roll from S. W. Horrall’s The Pictorial History of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 1876-1971, pages 250-253 – In this roll you can discover names of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and details of how and when the police officer died.
Pony Express: Staff Relations Branch Newsletter obituaries, 1976-1994, volumes 1-19 – These newsletters include obituaries with biographical details and information on how and when these members of the RCMP died. Additionally, there are photographs included for those deceased individuals. The obituaries are recorded in both English and French.
RCMP Obituary Card Index, Abbott – Jacobs (1876-2007), Jacobsen – Striker (1876-2007), and Stringer – Zubick (1876-2007) – These card indexes include names, ranks, death dates, and regimental numbers. Details of the issue and page number where the obituary can be located in the Pony Express, The Quarterly Magazine, or the Scarlet and Gold Magazine are also included.
Scarlet and Gold Magazine obituaries, 1919-1997, V. 1-78 – This comprises both an honour roll of officers killed on duty (including deaths prior to 1919) and obituaries up to 1997.
The Quarterly Magazine obituaries, 1933-1979, V. 1-44, 1980-2005, V. 45-70, and 2006-2007, V. 71-72 – This includes an obituary card index and the corresponding obituary sections from The Quarterly Magazine, a RCMP publication. This is not a comprehensive list of all deceased officers; the publication only printed those obituaries it was informed of. Names, regimental numbers, ranks, and death dates of officers are included, as well as the volume and issue number identifying where the obituary can be found printed in the Quarterly.
Additionally, you may come across some abbreviations in these records:
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was original set up as the North West Mounted Police in 1873. Its original purpose was to police the area between the Red River Valley of the North and the Rocky Mountains. In its current iteration, the RCMP is the national police force of Canada. However, during its long history, RCMP officers were sometimes used in military engagements, such as in the North West Rebellion of 1885.
The collection comprises obituaries and death notices of RCMP officers who died in service and that were printed in Royal Canadian Mounted Police publications, such as the Scarlet and Gold Magazine, as well as an index of obituaries. These publications would have been sent to RCMP officers, in part, to inform of the passing of other officers. Norman G. Wilson, a retired officer, compiled this index to increase the accessibility of these records for interested parties.
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