The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum includes an archival collection with materials dating back to the 1860’s. We are in the process of digitizing a selection of this material and including it here. Our thanks to Anne Dondertman, Acting Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, University of Toronto for allowing us use of their book scanner.

NEW! You can now also see a large collection of our digitized photos on our Flickr site.


Nominal Rolls: 1866 to 1882 (pdf – 95.5 MB)

00053 – This is a bound record book of handwritten Nominal (or attendance) Rolls. Each roll includes a “staff” or headquarters listing in then rolls by company. Blank pages have not been included. See item description for further details about content and information.

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Book of Remembrance 1866-1918

Book of Remembrance 1866 to 1918 (pdf – 18.7 MB)

00128 – Bound Book of Remembrance containing a brief history of the Queen’s Own Rifles up to 1931, list of battle honours, VC recipients, decorations received in the Great War, honour roll for those who died in the Fenian Raids, South Africa, and the Great War, and Orders of Service for the dedications of the Memorial Cross and the Memorial Shrine. (Searchable pdf format.)

pic_2013-01-27_091009Regimental Orders

Bound book of handwritten regimental orders signed by the Adjutants. These include training, supply and administration instructions, and personnel administration including enrolments, transfers, postings, promotions and discharges with individuals named. Also include district and brigade (Camp Niagara) orders.

1910 Trip to England

Diaries & Memoirs

Our archives have a number of personal diaries which include relevant periods of active service, which in a number of cases have been transcribed and digitized.

Standing Orders Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Standing Orders spell out organization, detailed dress regulations and orders of dress, mess, committees, band, drill and a raft of other need to know for all officers, NCOs and men of the regiment. These were updated periodically and the following are examples of several versions from our archives (scans courtesy of CWO Shannon):

Nominal Rolls – WWI and WWII

3rd Bn Nominal RollThese searchable nominal rolls issued with Militia Orders in 1915, includes service number, rank, name, previous military service, name of next of kin, address of next of kin, country of birth, and date and place taken on strength.

18 thoughts on “Archives”

  1. Hello at QoR:

    The links seem to be working now…thanks. However I cannot find my grandfather’s name in the 3rd Battn nominal roll. Was this because it was compiled before the transfer of men in from the 9th Battn? Gary Switzer replied to my post with some information that included the fact my grandfather was in the 9th Battn initially, but I would like to know which Company of the 3rd he was transferred to and any other details that would be listed on the nominal roll.


    Paul Martinovich

    1. Unfortunately we don’t have that information – and I’m not even sure that you would be able to find that anywhere. I would doubt that the company was listed in his personnel files – just his transfer to the 3rd Bn. I’m at a loss as to anything to suggest.

    2. Hello Paul,

      The QOR version of the Nominal Roll being used is the original one made out before the men left Canada and does not include postings from other battalions made after the battle of Second Ypres. Because the battalion effectively lost ½ of it’s strength at Ypres, (wounded, killed and POW), many men from the reserve Battalions were taken in to bring the 3rd Battalion back up to fighting strength, and among the very first were those of the 9th Battalion, which was not being used as a fighting battalion but as a reserve battalion.

      Regretfully, ascertaining which Company a man served in is not usually possible, except in lucky circumstances. On virtually all official documents, such as Part II Orders or the War Diary, mention of the Company is rarely given, except on the very odd occasion, with the exception of wounds lists, but, even then, not always. Early in the war, official records were very amateurish and not at all reliable. As the war progressed standardization became the norm and entries became more professional. However, even then there is much information missing and for the modern researcher, much is wanting. That is not to say that specific Company mentions in the Records do not exist; it just is haphazard at best. You would be very fortunate to get this information as it just does not appear regularly in the Records. It seems this detail was just not that important at the time. All entries in the War Diary appear at the pleasure of the Commanding Officer, so if he though it was important enough to to have the Adjutant include, it was. This is way we find some battalions had much more information than others.
      The best chance of finding this information will be if he was wounded … then he MAY appear on a list in Part II Orders, which gives the Company.

      After all this, you could somewhat safely assume that your grandfather was posted into either ‘C’ or ‘D’ Companies because those are the two Companies which suffered the greatest loss at Second Ypres, both in casualties and those taken prisoner of war (POW). This is not a guarantee, because there were losses in the other two companies as well, so he could have been in ‘A’ or ‘B’. It is just not possible to be 100% sure, unless there were mentions of his name in Part II Orders for some specific reason, such as the award of a bravery medal, hospital stay or wounds listing or other such incident, but even then, the Company listing is not the norm.

      I have the Part II Orders, but these run to 1,500 to 1,600 pages, so would need to have specific information as to the date of a wound to make it easy to find a listing for him. If you have his Service Record, it would mention any wounds other individual circumstances associated with his service. His Company would not be mentioned on these Records or even on his Discharge Certificate, if you were lucky to have the surviving document.

  2. None of the links to the nominal rolls seem to be working… I am trying to locate the entry for my grandfather in the 3rd Battn CEF

    1. Hello,
      Your grandfather: 18855 Martinovitch, John (originally in the 9th Battalion from Edmonton) was taken prisoner (POW) on April 24, 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres, along with 281 Other Ranks and 7 Officers of the 3rd Battalion.
      He was held in Giessen Lager (Camp) and later interred in Switzerland.
      He was Repatriated December 9th, 1918.
      Struck off Strength (SOS) in Edmonton Alberta.
      Died October 19, 1938 in USA.

  3. I am trying to find out about my father. His name was Russell Jonas Oke or Oake. He was a member of 14Platon, D COY NO 20c.i.(b)TC-CA. He was born o June 29, 1914. Is there anyone who can tell me were he was deployed to and how long he was in the service? His service number was B162137.

  4. Dear Curator,
    Firstly love the site . I am trying to find out which battalion and company My wifes grandfather was in as I wish to retrace his routes from landing at Juno beach until he was wounded. I am retired British airborne and I trained in Aldershot too as did her grandfather and my wife Trained in Bordon where he initially trained … such co-incidences. His name is Frank Robert Carleton B131810. My wife idolised her grandfather and this made her decision to join the forces easy. I and my wife even got married at Casa loma last year (Apr 05th 2014) because of the link.
    I would be extremely grateful for any assistance. I have his records but they don’t identify battalion or company. We would love to get company photos etc

    Thanking you

    Dean stokes

    1. Great site!! I am looking for information on my father who was in QOR sometime in the early – mid 1960’s. I know he was a bugle player. His name was Ronald G. Horrocks born: Aug 30, 1936 and passed away September 25,1970. My two uncles were also in QOR at the same time. Their names are George (Beaube) Reece and Elwood (Woody) Newhall. Any information or remembrances would be greatly appreciated.
      Thanking everyone in advance,
      Linda R. Horrocks

  5. April 2015
    The links to nominal rolls are not working.
    Am interested in the nominal roll for 166th Battalion
    Can you tell me how to access them?

  6. I have recently found that my Great Uncle (Arthur Snape Reg No 670195) left England for Canada early in the 1900’s and enlisted in the Queen’s Own Rifles, in Toronto for 3 Years and then enlisted in the 166th Battalion CEF. This excellent site has helped me establish a branch of the family that has hitherto been unknown and forgotten. I hope this site will enable me to establish a complete picture of my Great Uncle’s life prior to the Great Wa, during the war and thereafter.

  7. great site! — I found my grandfather in the 3rd Battalion Nominal Roll 1915, and found him in the diary listed as ‘missing’ — he became a POW but was fortunate to survive and return to Canada. I have the original telegram to my great-grandfather notifying him that his son was missing and I also have his WW1 pay book which is in mint condition. Thank you so much for the information on this site, I truly appreciate it.

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