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.


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.

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.

3 thoughts on “Archives”

  1. 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.

  2. 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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