PLEASE NOTE:  We are still in the process of re-cataloging our museum and archives collection, which includes recording more details about each artifact, entering this detailed information into a new collections management database, and taking digital photographs which will also be added to the database. During this process, it will be difficult for us to respond to inquiries about family service in the Queen’s Own Rifles.

However we recommend you review the material that has been digitized in our Archives section and also military record holdings at Library and Archives Canada which can in some cases include individual service records.

Queens Own Rifles of Canada

The QOR Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE)

The Fenian Raid 1866

South African War (1899-1902)

Before this war ended in May 1902, over 7,300 Canadians, including 12 Nursing Sisters, served in South Africa. The South African war marked the first occasion for which Canada dispatched troops to an overseas war. The first contingent arrived in South Africa in November 1899. From then on, Canadians participated in nine important battles. Thirty-three Queen’s Own Rifles soldiers volunteered to serve in this war. These men became part of “C” Company (representing Toronto), of the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment. Three died in South Africa:

  • 7301 Beattie, Albert Sgt 14/04/1900 RCR- C Coy (Died of disease)
  • 7319 Blight, Walter Stansfield Rfn 15/04/1900 RCR- C Coy (Died of disease)
  • 7500 Jackson, Charles E.E. Rfn 18/02/1900 RCR- C Coy (KIA)

Library and Archives Canada has digitized many of the South African War military records.

The “English Trip” of 1910

3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, First World War

Thanks to Catherine Caughell for providing this WWI Pathfinder document that highlights websites and/or resources available for researching Canadian WWI military records online.

Attestation Papers and Service Records for Queen’s Own Rifles members who served in the First World War with the 3rd Battalion and other battalions are available from Library and Archives Canada and many are now available online.

Regimental War Diaries – Battalions kept daily records of the key activities each day. These mention some names particularly of those killed and of officers. Scans of 3rd Battalion, CEF War Diaries can be found on the Libraries and Archives Canada website:

Through our War Diaries Transcription Project, you can now view and search on our website, the diaries which were transcribed from the L & A Canada scans linked above:

Service after 1918 including the Second World War and Korea

Library and Archives Canada have service records for those who served in the Queen’s Own Rifles during this period. Some of these are available online (those who died in the Second World War) and some are restricted access, the terms of which are clearly stated on their website.

The 1944 War Diaries of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, 1st Battalion are in the process of being transcribed and posted here. You can also find a pdf of the actual diary page images here (June to October 1944) which were prepared by the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies at Wilfred Laurier University.

The Rifleman – A journal of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada provides general information about the QOR and often highlights individuals and their achievements:

4 thoughts on “Research”

  1. 2nd Battalion rebadged 1968 or was it broken down, I feel I have read somewhere it was broken into 3 Commando Companies and each sent to other Regiment. Best r3gards have a great day

  2. How can I locate Wilson A. Knechtel KIA 15 Oct 1944 and buried in the pear orchard, MR. 179071. I didnt see his name on any of the daily reports. Thank you.

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