WWI Resources

Perpetuated Battalions

Six Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) battalions of the First World War are perpetuated by The Queen’s Own Rifles. All were commanded by QOR Officers however only the 3rd Battalion saw active service and the rest were disbanded in England to provide reinforcements to front line battalions including the 3rd.

Nominal Rolls

These 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.

Letters

Below are links to twelve surviving letters sent by CSM Lawrence D. Pridham with the 166th Bn and 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (and late of the Queen’s Own Rifles) to his uncle William Pridham. Throughout them you will find references to his brother Hal – Harold who was a lawyer out west – and to Mr and/or Mrs R.A. who were his parents in Winnipeg. A number of the letters include notes to pass on the letter to other relatives. You will also notice that many of the envelopes have been reviewed by military censors and resealed with a tape stating “OPENED BY CENSOR”. Only one letters appears to have information erased by the censor – on page 2 of 15 February 1917.

We also have four letters from Lieutenant Felton Pickering Behan, 3rd Battalion, CEF, written to his mother in Mimico.

1917 Letter from Sergeant John Lutton to his future wife Annie Deyell

See the transcription of the 6 May 1917 letter from Major Herbert Gourlay Wickens reporting on the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

 Personal Diaries

Lawrence Pridham was also a prodigious diarist and made entries almost every day, some with his friend Doc. It appears that he then sent these home to his family, who he cautions not to share with anyone who is not family, lest he get court-martialed for providing information what would normally be censored in letters.

Elmer Garfield McKay wrote a diary on his service with the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

3rd Battalion, CEF War Diaries

Profiles

The following are just a sampling of Queen’s Own Rifles soldiers who served during the First World War († indicates killed in action or died of wounds):

  1. Adamson, Sydney Lambert (DCM, 3rd & 255th Bns)
  2. Alexander, Gordon R. (also WWII, RSM)
  3. Alexander, Percy Norman (3rd Bn, QOR Battalion Commanding Officer)
  4. Allan, William Donald (Commanding Officer 3rd Bn CEF) †
  5. Barker, Rybert Kent
  6. Barnard, William Thomas (also WWII, Commanding Officer)
  7. Barron, Colin Fraser (Victoria Cross, WWII)
  8. Bate, Joseph Henry (RSM 2nd Bn)
  9. Bateup, Ernest
  10. Behan, Felton Pickering (WWI)
  11. Berry Walter Wimble (Australian Imperial Force)
  12. Blake-Forster, Alfred Blake (RSM 3rd Bn)
  13. Blanchard, George Percy (RSM 3rd Bn)
  14. Broughall, Deric (3rd Bn) †
  15. Cameron, Donald (RSM 83rd Bn)
  16. Clark, Ernest (255th, 3rd Bn) †
  17. Cockburn, George Angus †
  18. Cooper, Charles Edwin  (RSM 3rd Bn) †
  19. Cooper, Henry Sloane
  20. Crighton, Maurice (3rd Bn, son RSM George Creighton)†
  21. Crowther, William Beverly
  22. Curry, Walter Eyre †
  23. Eakins, George R. (South Africa, 198th Bn RSM)
  24. Forwood, Thomas Watt
  25. Fotheringham, John Taylor
  26. George, Hugh M (Sgt-Maj)
  27. Gibson, Ralph B. (Also WWII, Battalion Commanding Officer)
  28. Good, Harry Cyril (RSM 3rd Bn)
  29. Green, Herbert James †
  30. Haider, Leslie Frank †
  31. Haywood, Alfred Kimball (3rd Bn Medical Officer)
  32. Herman, Arthur C. †
  33. Hewitt, William Hamilton (35th and 20th Bns)
  34. Hopkins, Ernest Eames †
  35. Houston, Arthur Stewart
  36. Ingles, George Leycester †
  37. Johnson, Stanley Frederick †
  38. Johnston, Baptist Leonard (Also POW, Battalion Commanding Officer, Colonel of the Regiment)
  39. Kennedy, John D. (RSM)
  40. Kerr, George Fraser (Victoria Cross)
  41. Kirkpatrick, Arthur James Ernest (Also POW, Commanding Officer)
  42. Langmuir, John William (CEF & RFC, Commanding Officer)
  43. Le Vesconte, Robert Cleugh (166th Bn CEF, Acting Commanding Officer)
  44. Lewis, Allen Lewis
  45. Lewis, Samuel †
  46. Lindsey, Charles Bethune (Also WWII)
  47. Lutton, John (198th Bn)
  48. Lyne-Evans, Josiah (Adjutant 3rd Bn, Adjutant 12th Bn, RCR)
  49. MacDonald, Alexander Edward (Medical Officer 3rd Bn and QOR)
  50. Macdonell, Ian McLean (Also Commanding Officer)
  51. MacDowell, Thain Wendell (VC)
  52. MacKendrick, Harry Crane (111th Bn, 4CMR)
  53. Mackintosh, Walter Hugh Victor (19th Bn, QOR RSM 1922-25)
  54. Mason, Douglas Herbert Campbell
  55. Massey, Vincent
  56. May, William Henry (3rd Bn) †
  57. McCrae, John (also South African War) †
  58. McKay, Elmer Garfield (Signaler with 3rd Bn)
  59. Medland, Frederick Ross †
  60. Mercer, Malcolm Smith (Also Northwest Canada, Commanding Officer) †
  61. Michell, William Charles (Also Battalion Commanding Officer)
  62. Mitchell, William George (Commanding Officer 166th Battalion)
  63. Moore, Robert Edward Elgin (Sergeant Master Tailor with 83rd Bn)
  64. Muntz, Herbert Gerard
  65. Nobbs, Henry Gilbert (POW)
  66. Nolan, David (RSM 3rd Bn CEF)
  67. Otter, William Dillon (Also Fenian Raids, Northwest Rebellion, South African War, Permanent Force, Commanding Officer)
  68. Parsons, Harold Stuart (58th Bn & RFC, also Battalion Commanding Officer)
  69. Pellatt, Reginald (Also Commanding Officer)
  70. Pridham, Lawrence Ducharme (166th Bn & 4CMR) †
  71. Purvis, William James (74th Bn)
  72. Rennie, Robert (QOR & 3rd Battalion Commanding Officer)
  73. Reeves, Albert Robert  (RSM 166th Bn)
  74. Royce, George Cooper (255th Battalion Commanding Officer)
  75. Rogers, Joseph Bartlett (3rd Battalion Commanding Officer)
  76. Ryerson, George Ansel Sterling (Also Fenian Raids 1870, Northwest Canada, South African War)
  77. Sampson, Gordon Alexander (81st Bn Adjutant, 60th Bn)
  78. Scrutton, Edward Samuel (RSM 95th Bn)
  79. Serjent, Henry (RSM, 255th Bn)
  80. Streight, John Everett Lyle (South Africa, 3rd Bn)
  81. Smith, Harry Eden
  82. Smith, James Herbert “Herb” (3rd Battalion)
  83. Thorn, J. O. (Also North West Canada, Sergeant Major, 166th Bn CEF)
  84. Townsend, Alan Jarvis Hamilton (3rd & 4th Bn) †
  85. Turquand, Aubrey de Vere Arnold – WWI † (3rd Bn)
  86. Van der Smissen, William Victor Henry, son of Van der Smissen, W. H. †
  87. Wansbrough, Cuthbert Cole (later Battalion Commanding Officer)
  88. Wickens, Herbert Gourlay
  89. Williams, Frederick (RSM 3rd Bn)
  90. Wood, Frank Herbert (Also POW, Battalion Commanding Officer)
  91. Wright, Charles Seymour (Royal Engineers)

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