About Us

Mandate

The Museum was established in 1956 under the authority of the Regimental Executive Committee with the following mandate:

to encourage the study of Canadian military history and in particular the history of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, to rescue from oblivion the memories of its members, to obtain and preserve narratives in print, manuscript or otherwise of their travels, adventures, labours and observations, to secure and preserve objects illustrative of the civil, literary and military history of the Regiment, and to maintain a museum and a library.”

The museum’s interest includes First World War CEF Battalions perpetuated by the Queen’s Own Rifles:

  • 3rd Battalion
  • 83rd Battalion
  • 95th Battalion
  • 166th Battalion
  • 198th Battalion
  • 255th Battalion

Museum Committee

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) John Fotheringham, CD (Chair)
  • Major (Ret’d) Anthony S. Schultz, CD
  • Captain (Ret’d) Adam Hermant, CD
  • Mr. Jim Lutz
  • Major (Ret’d) John M. Stephens, CD (Curator) Ex-Officio Mail
  • CWO (Ret’d) Shaun Kelly, CD (Assistant Curator) Ex-Officio

Donations and Sponsorships

8 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Good morning from Scotland. I have found my great Uncle Pte 799968 William Burnside in the war diaries in the list of casualties (wounded) on 6 November 1917. He joined as a member of 134th Battalion CEF and after much googling I am trying to understand military structure and how these men came to be with the 3rd Battalion CEF at Paschendaele. Can anyone help with links to movement dates, for his units and anthing else which may help. His death in 1923 was attached to his service in the circumstances of casualty register.
    Regards from Edinburgh

    1. Ian – my apologies for the delay in responding but having trouble keeping up with the requests as we’re all volunteers. There were essentially 16 infantry battalions that were part of the Canadian Corps – the first one’s to be raised for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Over 200 additional battalions were raised as the war progressed but after recruiting and training, they were broken up and re-assigned to “reserve battalions” after arriving in England and then used to replace casualties for those original 16 battalions that were serving in France and Belgium. The though was that it was better to add new soldiers to units with experienced men, rather than to send battalions full of new recruits (including officers) into the lines.

      The war diary gives the best information on the movements of the 3rd battalion and what battles they participated in.

      Library and Archives Canada has also scanned the full service record for your uncle and you can find it here:
      chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B1310-S015

      These files can be a bit hard to read (and at times repetitive) but it appears he went from England to France in May 1917 at which time he joined the 3rd Battalion.

      Looks like he was wounded in July 1917 in the right buttocks. After which he was back to the 12th Reserve Bn then back to France with the 3rd Bn again. And wasn’t until June 1919 that he was sent back to Canada.

      Hope that helps – happy to try to answer any other questions or translate any of the info on his record if you need more help.

      1. Thank you very much for this. I know where he is buried (died 1923) and his death was attributed to his service injuries. This information has helped greatly.
        Regards from Scotland.
        Ian Burnside

  2. Aubrey Cosens of Latchford won a VC as a member of the QOR. His biographies on line mention his parents as “war veteran Chales E Cosens and Yonne Cosens”. why can I not find his father in Soldiers of the First World War collection?

  3. I just came a cross a silver victoria rifles of Canada wrist silver ID TAG that has the name Ronald Baird on it does that mean anything

  4. im looking for war records for great grandfather cpl clifford manser to get replica medals done up can someone put me in contact with some one to help me out?

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