Archives

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.

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.

39 thoughts on “Archives”

  1. Hello,

    I’m looking for any information on George James Spring. I know that he deployed with 6 Company, 3rd Battalion in Sep 1914 listed as a bugler. I know that he passed away in the late 60’s from complications of emphysema due to gas attack during WW 1. I’m assuming that may have been 2nd Ypres, any information regarding transfers, injuries, return dates etc would be greatly appreciated. This is a fantastic sight!

  2. I would like information on my father CHARLES GORDON BREEN #B-89467. I know he was with you as I have bracelet and necklaces given to my mother with QOR on them as well cap and lapel pins. Where was he and what did he do? I would like to know what cities he was in.

    1. We don’t have service records so I would suggest you request your father’s record from Library and Archives Canada – details can be found here: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/Pages/obtain-copies-military-service-files.aspx

      It won’t tell you though specifically where he was but you can see the unit War Diaries which will help – they have been transcribed on our site here: https://qormuseum.org/history/timeline-1925-1949/the-second-world-war/war-diaries-1944/

  3. On my uncle’s(James Ernest Cowell) BHC records, it states that he was in the QOR in 1913 or early in 1914 prior to enlisting in the 3rd battalion in the fall of 1914(#9542). I have his military record but it starts with his Sept 1914 attestation paper. Where would he have trained if he was in the QOR?. 2)Is it possible to find a photo of him, even if is a group photo? 3) Would he have received a medal for his participation in the 2nd battle of Ypres/St. Julien in 1915?

    1. 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

    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.

  4. i am having a hard time finding anything on Stanley James McKenzie. I have a picture frame with his buttons and the 3rd Regiment pin. On the Canadian Archives, i can only find attestation papers and nothing else (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=160506). I also have a Prussian pickelhaube that was obtained overseas by him. Any info is appreciated! Pictures upon request

    1. Hello Noah,

      I cannot give you much on 1024539 Private Stanly James McKenzie, except the following. He originally joined the 234th Battalion (Peel area), a small battalion which was absorbed by the 12th Reserve Battalion in the UK,( which was normal), to receive extra training before being posted to a fighting battalion in Europe. He was Taken on Strength (TOS) 3rd Battalion on 13 September, 1918 and survived the last battles of the war.
      He was returned to Toronto, with the battalion on April 24, 1919.
      His active army service was limited to the last 2 months of the war, but hopefully, as a McKenzie yourself, you will have some non-military family information about him.
      If you want to send a photo of the pickelhaube, I may be able to identify if it is in fact Prussian or one belonging to another State in Germany.

    2. 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. I have in my family archives a small metal (copper) cross with a crown at the top, the word “Canada” at the bottom, and five maple leafs on each side. I believe that it is associated with my great uncle, J. Ross Binkley, a member of the Toronto Regiment, of the Queen’s Own Rifles, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, whose death at Langemark, Belgium, at the Battle of Ypres, is recorded as May 2, 1915 (The War diary indicates that he died on April 23, 1915). I would be grateful for any information about him, or about the cross.

    1. Hello David,

      Regretfully, I can offer no information on the cross, which sounds interesting. Hopefully, you can provide a photograph of it. It very well may be a private purchase item at Valcartier Camp or in Belgium.

      Regarding your great uncle, 10205 Lance Corporal JAMES ROSS BINKLEY, you are correct about his death date; he was in the Machine Section and he has no known grave, but is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. After Second Ypres, where the Third Battalion suffered extensive casualties with KIA, wounded and POW losses, which totalled more than half the battalion, it took until May 2nd to finally account for all their losses.
      He was the son of Jemima Binkley of 295 King Street West, Dundas, Ontario. He enlisted in the Third Battalion on September 22, 1914 at Valcartier Camp. He was a Dundas, Ontario football star, one of Canada’s most prominent football players; was Captain of the Argonaut Rugby Team; member of the Granite Club and on the “Honour Roll” of the Argonaut Rowing Club.
      His brother, 192996 Allan B. Binkley, was Killed in Action on August 15, 1917, with the 13th CEF Battalion and also has no known grave, but is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

      Further research of his sports connections may turn up additional information.

      Hope this has been of some help,

      Cheers,
      Gary Switzer

  6. I’m contacting you from the UK and I’m not sure if this is the correct procedure for obtaining information on the identification of an Officer serving in the QORoC in 1958.
    My late father was serving in the Buffs(East Kent Regiment) and was stationed in Wuppertal, Germany in 1958, and I have found a picture of him and a few fellow Officers at a Guest Night in the Officers Mess for the QORoC and in the picture is an Officer from the QORoC. I have identified all the Buffs Officers but would like to know the name of the Canadian Officer. Would this be an impossible task or could I email the photo to someone who might know. I would be most grateful for any information.
    Many thanks.

  7. Hello I would like my uncles military history during WW2. He was Larry Dampier and I believe attained LT. Col. rank and was present at D Day. Any help appreciated. He was my mothers brother.
    My cousins gave the regt.his wartime diaries but have not gotten a copy of them as of yet.
    Regards Will Mathieson

    1. There is a good summary in the 2012-2013 Riflman magazine – page 46:
      http://www.qor.com/files/repository/The-Rifleman-2002-2003.PDF

      For detailed records you will need to apply for his service records to Library and Archives Canada – process is explained at this link:
      http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/pages/obtain-copies-military-service-files.aspx

      I am making inquiries about the diaries and will get back to you with more information.

  8. Dear,
    The study group Archeology WOII of the AWN (Volunteers in Archeology in the Netherlands, dept. Nijmegen) has made a three years investigation to the tracks – due to the fightings during World War II – on the terrain Wylerberg, nowadays called ‘Duivelsberg’ east of Berg en Dal in Holland.
    At this moment we have made a start with the writing of the report of our observations, historical (military) context, landscape description, results, etc.
    The history of the Canadian military presence at the Wylerberg between 12 nov. ’44 – 8 feb. ’45 is still full of ’empty holes’.
    On this site I found the interesting War Diaries 1944 and 1945.
    • Within these reports are Appendices mentioned. Such as Berg en Dal, 13 november: Appx 25, 27, 28 (patrol reports, etc). Are the appendices concerning Berg en Dal and Wylerberg available for us?
    • Do the museum own photo’s which are taken on the Wylerberg?

    Yours,
    Paul Klinkenberg

  9. Hello at QoR:

    The links seem to be working now…thanks. However I cannot find my grandfather’s name in the 3rd Battn nominal roll. Was this because it was compiled before the transfer of men in from the 9th Battn? Gary Switzer replied to my post with some information that included the fact my grandfather was in the 9th Battn initially, but I would like to know which Company of the 3rd he was transferred to and any other details that would be listed on the nominal roll.

    Thanks

    Paul Martinovich

    1. Unfortunately we don’t have that information – and I’m not even sure that you would be able to find that anywhere. I would doubt that the company was listed in his personnel files – just his transfer to the 3rd Bn. I’m at a loss as to anything to suggest.

    2. Hello Paul,

      The QOR version of the Nominal Roll being used is the original one made out before the men left Canada and does not include postings from other battalions made after the battle of Second Ypres. Because the battalion effectively lost ½ of it’s strength at Ypres, (wounded, killed and POW), many men from the reserve Battalions were taken in to bring the 3rd Battalion back up to fighting strength, and among the very first were those of the 9th Battalion, which was not being used as a fighting battalion but as a reserve battalion.

      Regretfully, ascertaining which Company a man served in is not usually possible, except in lucky circumstances. On virtually all official documents, such as Part II Orders or the War Diary, mention of the Company is rarely given, except on the very odd occasion, with the exception of wounds lists, but, even then, not always. Early in the war, official records were very amateurish and not at all reliable. As the war progressed standardization became the norm and entries became more professional. However, even then there is much information missing and for the modern researcher, much is wanting. That is not to say that specific Company mentions in the Records do not exist; it just is haphazard at best. You would be very fortunate to get this information as it just does not appear regularly in the Records. It seems this detail was just not that important at the time. All entries in the War Diary appear at the pleasure of the Commanding Officer, so if he though it was important enough to to have the Adjutant include, it was. This is way we find some battalions had much more information than others.
      The best chance of finding this information will be if he was wounded … then he MAY appear on a list in Part II Orders, which gives the Company.

      After all this, you could somewhat safely assume that your grandfather was posted into either ‘C’ or ‘D’ Companies because those are the two Companies which suffered the greatest loss at Second Ypres, both in casualties and those taken prisoner of war (POW). This is not a guarantee, because there were losses in the other two companies as well, so he could have been in ‘A’ or ‘B’. It is just not possible to be 100% sure, unless there were mentions of his name in Part II Orders for some specific reason, such as the award of a bravery medal, hospital stay or wounds listing or other such incident, but even then, the Company listing is not the norm.

      I have the Part II Orders, but these run to 1,500 to 1,600 pages, so would need to have specific information as to the date of a wound to make it easy to find a listing for him. If you have his Service Record, it would mention any wounds other individual circumstances associated with his service. His Company would not be mentioned on these Records or even on his Discharge Certificate, if you were lucky to have the surviving document.

  10. None of the links to the nominal rolls seem to be working… I am trying to locate the entry for my grandfather in the 3rd Battn CEF

    1. 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.

  11. I am trying to find out about my father. His name was Russell Jonas Oke or Oake. He was a member of 14Platon, D COY NO 20c.i.(b)TC-CA. He was born o June 29, 1914. Is there anyone who can tell me were he was deployed to and how long he was in the service? His service number was B162137.

  12. Dear Curator,
    Firstly love the site . I am trying to find out which battalion and company My wifes grandfather was in as I wish to retrace his routes from landing at Juno beach until he was wounded. I am retired British airborne and I trained in Aldershot too as did her grandfather and my wife Trained in Bordon where he initially trained …..wow such co-incidences. His name is Frank Robert Carleton B131810. My wife idolised her grandfather and this made her decision to join the forces easy. I and my wife even got married at Casa loma last year (Apr 05th 2014) because of the link.
    I would be extremely grateful for any assistance. I have his records but they don’t identify battalion or company. We would love to get company photos etc

    Thanking you

    Dean stokes

    1. 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

  13. April 2015
    The links to nominal rolls are not working.
    Am interested in the nominal roll for 166th Battalion
    Can you tell me how to access them?
    Thanks

  14. 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.

  15. 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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