Archives

NOTE: We do not keep “service files” of individual riflemen in our archives. Some 19th century nominal rolls and orders are listed below. If you are looking for anything we have connected to individuals in our collections, we recommend you check our online catalog under the Search Terms: People. This will include the most up to date information we have cataloged and entered into our database.  Service records for those serving since the South African War (1899-1901) may be available from Library and Archives Canada – search for Military Service Records.


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.

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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.

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Nominal Rolls: 1882 to 1904 (pdf 268 MB)

00184 – 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.

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

These are 19th century bound books of handwritten regimental orders signed by the Adjutants. These include training, supply and administration instructions, and personnel administration including enrollments, transfers, postings, promotions and discharges with individuals named. Also include in some cases, district and brigade (Camp Niagara) orders.

Modern day typed orders include training, supply and administration instructions, and personnel administration including enrollments, transfers, postings, promotions and discharges with individuals named. These files have OCR applied so they are searchable.

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.

11 thoughts on “Archives”

  1. DO YOU HAVE INFO ON A” VICTOR CURCIO ” RIFLEMAN Q O R C D A
    I don’t think he fought in any war and he was my 90 yr old mother s
    brother ,he passed away in 1993.
    my mom passed and i saw his gravestone when i had a visit. I remember him very little….i just wondered how long he was in service.

  2. Your uncle was wounded at 2nd Ypres, probably 23 – 24th April. His wounds may have been serious enough for him to be sent home for recovery and then discharged. He re-enlisted 10 April 1917 with a new Service Number … 2751117.

  3. Sorry for the delay in responding but its been very busy for the past few weeks:
    1) The QOR were a militia regiment at the time (and still are) and they were based out of University Avenue Armouries in Toronto.
    2) At this time no names came up in our catalogue for your uncle however a we are still entering information into the database and its possible something might come up again in the future.
    3) Yes he would have – you can see information about the various medals here: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/medals-decorations

  4. Hi Noah,

    Have been researching the 3rd Battalion and the men who served in it for a number of years now, in an attempt to assemble a Nominal Roll and sources of information are varied. Two common sources are the War Diary and Part II Orders of the Battalion, as well as diaries, books written by survivors and newspapers.
    The photo can be sent to my email geswitzer@rogers.com

    Gary

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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