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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#0.1564, Inspector John A. Bain


Golden Horseshoe Div. Vets advise that;

Reg.#24059 / O.1564 Inspector John Albert Bain (Rtd) died Nov 27, 2009 at Burlington, ON

Inspector Bain served from 1965 to 1995 in 'N' (the Band), 'D', 'O' and 'K' Divs.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#15623, Cst. Arthur F. Tomsett



Nova Scotia Div. Vets advise from an obituary that;

Reg.#15623 former Cst. Arthur Fredrick Tomsett died Nov 16, 2009 at Saanichton, B.C.

Cst. Tomsett served from 1948 to 1953 in Marine, 'G', 'N', & 'K' Divs. He lef the Force from Red Deer Sub Division HQ.

In 1950, he served as 3rd Engineer on the St Roch voyage from Vancouver to Halifax via the Panama Canal.

Jack White

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#34615, Cst. Phil Callen


Nova Scotia Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#34615 (Rtd) Cst. Phil W. Callen died Nov 25, 2009 at Sheburne, N.S.

Cst. Callan served from 1978 to 2006 in 'K' 'G' & 'H' Divs. He retired from Shelburne Det.

Jack White

Monday, November 23, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#15180, S/Sgt. Ian Keith Taylor


The Ottawa Vets advise that;

Reg.#15180, S/Sgt. Keith 'Ike' Taylor, (Rt'd) (RCMP1948-1968) and retired also from Kodak Canada (1968-1992) passed away peacefully on November 22, 2009, at the Fairview Manor Long-Term Care Facility, Almonte, Ontario in his 84th year.

Obituary: Reg.#768, Constable J. A. Simons, NWMP


Obituary: Reg.#768, James Arthur Simons
The Calgary Herald. January 15, 1893

Mr. J.A. Simons an ex-member of the NWMP died at his residence, Atlantic Ave. yesterday morning of typhoid fever. Mr. Simons illness was not of long duration.

The deceased came to this country from England in 1882 and joined the NWMP Force. At the expiration of his term of service he went home to the old country on a visit. returning to Calgary he again took on with the force, but purchased his discharge some time after.

A widow and a small boy survive. At the time of his death Mr. Simons owned considerable property in Calgary.


Dalcy Gripich

Email: gripich@telus.net
'Maintain Our Memories'

Friday, November 20, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#45423, Cpl. Dean H. Adams


Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#45423 Cpl. Dean Hamilton Adams died Nov 16, 2009 at North Vancouver, B.C.

Cpl.Adams served in 'E' Div since 1996. He was posted at Sea to Sky Detachment, Squamish, B.C. at time of his passing.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#27304, Cst. B.M. Garnett


Relayed to me from obituary;

Reg.#27304 (former) Cst. Bruce Melvin Garnett died Nov 12, 2009 at St John, N.B.

Cst. Garnett joined the Force in 1969 and he served in 'D' Div.

Jack White

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#14676, Cst. Graham Toomey


Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg#14676 (former) Cst. Graham Toomey died April 28, 2009 at White Rock, B.C.

Graham Toomey served in the Force from 1946 to 1948 in 'F' Div. He then went to Canada Customs, retiring as Chief of Operations Pacific Highway, South Surrey, B.C.

Jack White

Part Five: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

File update: Part Five: by: Reg.#51083, Cst. G.L. (Greg) Deagle

Hi folks!

Thank-you so much for your hard and diligent work on our request so quickly. Clearly retirement has not affected your investigative skills in any way!

We had knowledge of a Cynthia LELLIOTT already but had no idea of how to find her as all our attempts from up here had reached dead ends. We had the same results from Mary MILMINE. Dom FRENCH advised he thought she may have re-married.

Joe: Thanks for drawing in all your contacts. The snowball is definitely gathering momentum!

Sophie: I think I have asked this before but do you have access to any records for LELLIOTT or MILMINE?

Dan: Thanks for tracking down the LELLIOTT family home. Please let me know if you are able to establish further contacts through that avenue. So the family that lives in the house now is no relation to the LELLIOTTs? Thanks also for tracking down Colin's Troopmates. I would have had no way of doing that! Since he was relatively junior in service (like so many of us up here) perhaps he was still in touch with some of his troopmates before his death.

Jim: I see you contacted Jim WATSON who now lives in the Victoria home of the Lelliotts. I don't suppose the Cynthia to whom he is married is the same Cynthia LELLIOTT?

S/Sgt. WRIGHT: FYI... I contacted "Buffalo Joe" from the RCMP Graves program and he was kind enough to mention our little project to his contacts. The flood of assistance since then (Sunday night!) has been nothing short of amazing.

Again folks, thanks for your hard work. We here in Cambridge Bay feel a deep connection to fallen members as Chris WORDEN (Hay River, NWT) and Doug SCOTT (Kimmirut, NU) were both killed in the fall of 2007 when most of us here now were either already here or well into the planning stages of transferring here. We feel the connection between the Inuit and the RCMP is so strong and the two groups have depended on one another for so long, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to recognize the occasion and build on the relationships.

Keep the Faith!

Reg# 51083, Cst. G.L. (Greg) Deagle
General Duty Investigator
D.A.R.E. Instructor
Cambridge Bay RCMP
P.O. Box 700
Cambridge Bay, NU., X0B 0C0
ph: (867) 983-0123
fx: (867) 983-2498

'Maintain Our Memories'

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Part Four: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

Update to file: by Victoria Vet. James B. Forsyth: [mpvets@rcmpvets.net]

Hi Greg,[Greg.DEAGLE@rcmp-grc.gc.ca]

Vet Jack White asked me to contact Hatley Memorial Gardens where Lelliott was buried to see if their records would show anything. I did contact them and spoke to a 'Judy'. She advised that the only information on file is that of the parents who lived at 3031 Pickford Rd., Victoria, BC.

I did a reverse search and got the phone number of that address and called them. A Dan Watson and Cynthia live there now. They explain that about 2 years ago they did some major renovations on the house and within a wall they found an envelope and in it were papers and drawings apparently done by Lelliott when he was attending Brentwood Elementary School (no longer in existence now). They tried to find relatives but only found on the web the item of Lelliot being killed.

They put the envelope back in the house. Dan thinks he can find it again if given a bit of time. From it he believes there were three children living there. So Lelliott may have two siblings. If we locate any relatives he would like to get the envelope to them.

As you likely know Bob Milmine retired in 1974 when he was i/c Cranbrook Det. He died in 1992 and is buried in Vancouver. I have tried to track down Mrs. Milmine. I don't know yet if they had any children or not. I have spoken to members who worked with him In Nanaimo in the early 60's but haven't got any positive leads on Mrs. Milmine yet.

All I have for now. May get some more from Dan Watson in a few days.

Cheers,

Jim
James B. Forsyth
Victoria, BC
V8V 4T5
(Founder and CEO of the RCMP VETS NET)

Part Three: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

File update from: Reg. #15230 - S/Sgt. Daniel B. Lemieux (rt'd)

Cst. Greg Deagle and Cst. Dan Martin are stationed at Cambridge Bay, NWT (Nunavit). They are planning a commemorative ceremony for Reg. #19731, Cst. Colin Eric Lelliott who was killed on duty fifty years ago in Cambridge Bay.

They are attempting to locate family and troop members. The following retired members have regimental numbers close to that of Cst. Lelliott. If you trained with Colin, could you please provide Troop number and date of graduation. If possible, could you please provide names and e-mail addresses of other troop members so they may be contacted.

#19749 - Ken Booker
#19710 - Jim Clarkson
#19730 - Dave Green
#19733 - Wayne Skolrood
#19717 - George Wooten

E-mails are being sent to these five members to let them know there will be a memorial service in Cambridge Bay on Jan 11th, 2010. If any of you are interested could you please contact Cst. Deagle in Cambridge Bay. If you have photographs or can provide information as to the location of Colin's relatives, it would be appreciated.

You may also be interested in sending written tributes to be read or displayed at the service. I would appreciate it if you would cc me if you were in his troop.

Reg.#15230 - Retired S/Sgt. Daniel B. Lemieux deebeel@telus.net
Honour Guard Coordinator - RCMP Vets - Vancouver Division.

From an Infant Force: Reg.#2653, Cst. John Salmon, NWMP

It can be said that Reg.#2653, John Leonard Salmon was representative of many of the earliest members of the North West Mounted Police --most of these members had unique and diverse abilities, skills and strengths. They had the knack of overcoming life's difficulities. Most made their mark in one way or another on the early development of Canada.

We are not sure when or where Cst. Salmon was born. But, he joined the NWMP about 1891. He served in 'D' Div. (Emerson, Manibota) and in 'F' Division (Saskatchewan). He purchased his discharge from the NWMP on October 18, 1893 (the notion of 'purchasing a discharge' was custom in the Force until circa 1970's).

After his short NWMP career, Cst. Salmon displayed his varied skills in that he became the first driver of the first electric car in Winnipeg, MB. Afterwards, life for Cst. Salmon must have become boring as he quit his driving job and was appointed a guard at Stoney Plain Penitentiary!

John Salmon also volunteered for WWI. He died in April, 1938 and he is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Edmonton, AB

Research & thanks to:

Vet. AJH 'Joe Collinson for the photo of Cst. Salmon's grave stone and to Vet. Jack White for his historical research of Cst. Salmon's life.

Last Post: Reg.#23903, Sgt. Fred J. Kummer


Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#23903 (Rtd) Sgt. Fred J. KUMMER died Nov 7, 2009.

He served from 1965 to 1984 in 'K', 'HQ', & 'O' Div. He then transferred to the new C.S.I.S.

Sgt. Kummer had resided at Half Moon Bay, B.C. but his actual place of death is not yet known.

Jack White

Part Two: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

Re: Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott - Dedication, Cambridge Bay, 'V' Div.

Hi Greg, (Cst. Greg Deagle [Greg.DEAGLE@rcmp-grc.gc.ca]

I found a bit of information.

Colin Eric Lelliott was born Jan 19, 1938 in Worthington, Sussex England. His parents were Eric William Lelliott B: 1914 and Dorothy I. Lelliott (Rogers) B: 1914. He had a sister, Cynthia M.B. Lelliott.

The family came to Canada in 1947 and settled in Hamilton, ON then Kitchener ON before moving to Colwood, BC.

According to George Knuckles "In the Line of Duty", Cst. Lelliott's remains were flown back to his mother in Colwood, BC and as you know were buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens. This sounds like his father was possibly deceased in 1960.

The 1960 issue of the Quarterly indicates "prior to joining the Force in 1957, he was living with his parents, Mr. & Mrs Earl L. Leslie at Colwood, BC. Survivors include a sister, Cynthia."

It would appear from the information in the Quarterly that his mother remarried. His mother would be 94 if she is still living. If she passed away, there is a possibility his parents are also buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens (250) 478-1754. If they are, the next of kin would have to be Cynthia and the cemetery should have her name etc (if she married) on file.

Perhaps someone could call Hatley Memorial Gardens, using both names, Lelliott and Leslie.

Reg.#19749 Ken Booker is a member of Toronto Div. Vets. I'm guessing he was a troopmate of Colin Lelliott. I'll pass your information on to Ken.

Reg#15293 Bob Milmine retired as a S/Sgt in 1974 as i/c Cranbrook Det. He died Sept 01, 1992 at Parksville, BC.

Good Luck,

Jack O'Reilly
Toronto Division Vets


Readers:
Cambridge Bay Detachment members Greg Deagle and Dan Martin are planning a commemoration of the death of Reg.#19731 Cst. Colin Lelliott on or about January 12th 2010, which will be 50 years to the day that Cst. Lelliott was shot and killed on duty.

Read: Part One of Cst. Lelliott's story on BuffaloBlog, November 16, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#16153, Sgt. M. 'Hap' Kuiack


Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#16153 (Rtd) Sgt. Ambrose Michael "Hap" Kuiack died Nov 13, 2009 at Saskatoon, Sask.

Sgt. Kuiack served from 1950 to 1980 in 'F' Div., retiring from S & I, Saskatoon.

Jack White

In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott


Hello Joe,

It was with great pleasure and some relief that my partner and I read the article on you in one of the latest "Frontline" magazines. You see, Cst. Dan Martin and I have undertaken a little project but we have run into a couple of roadblocks.

We are currently posted to Cambridge Bay in V-Division on the infamous Northwest Passage.

In January of 1960, Cst. Colin Lelliott (Reg.# 19731) was shot and killed on duty by a man named Jimmy Ayalik. We have found out that Cst. Lelliott is buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. However, we have been unable to locate any family members for him. Personnel at the funeral home say they have no information on his family and do not recall anyone coming to visit the grave recently.

At the time of his death, Cst. Lelliott's co-worker was Cst. Dominic French, great grandson to George Arthur French who was the First Commissioner of the NWMP. I located Mr. French at his home in Manitoba. He, of course, remembers the events surrounding Cst. Lelliott's death quite well. Unfortunately, he was unable to provide any contact information for people we need.

Also at the time of the shooting, Csts. Lelliott and French were supervised by Cpl. Bob Milmine. Mr. French thinks he might be buried in British Columbia but is unsure as he passed away in the mid-1980's.

Dan and I are planning to have a commemoration of the death of Cst. Lelliott on or about January 12th 2010, 50 years to the day since the tragic event. We will be having some sort of ceremony to mark the occasion, how the actions of one person do not represent the feelings of the public, and how the RCMP and the Inuit have depended on one another for so many years.

The event in January, in whatever form it takes, will ring somewhat hollow if we can not have some representatives from the Milmine or Lelliott families involved. Mr. French has already stated that since his wife is quite ill, he will not be making the trip. It is hoped he will contribute in other ways. There are still many relatives of the Ayalik family in Cambridge Bay, including his many brothers and sisters.

We would appreciate any assistance you can give us in locating any family members for Cst. Lelliott, the grave for Cpl. Milmine, his widow, and/or any family.

Thank-you in advance for your assistance.

Cst. G.L. (Greg) DEAGLE, Reg.#51083
General Duty Investigator
D.A.R.E. Instructor
Cambridge Bay RCMP
P.O. Box 700
Cambridge Bay, NU., X0B 0C0
ph: (867) 983-0123
fx: (867) 983-2498

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#18734, S/Sgt. R.C. Jones


Nova Scotia Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18734 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Robert C. Jones died Nov 14, 2009 at Lower Sackville, N.S.

S/Sgt. Jones served from 1954 to 1990 in 'H' 'A' and 'H' Divs.

Jack White

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Reg.#422, Cst. Leslie Norman


Hello Joe,

Reg.#422, Cst. Norman Leslie was my great grandfather.

He served with the NWMP from 1873-1875. He later served as a Civilian Scout during the North West Resistance in 1885.

Cst. Norman is buried in Saskatoon and his grave is rather non descript. Are there resources available to enhance his grave site?

Thank you,
Tim Jelinski
Prince Albert, SK

Friday, November 13, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#14393, C/Supt. 'Marc' Marcus


Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#14393 / O.533 (Rt'd) C/Supt. Marvin 'Marc' Marcus died Nov 8, 2009 at Edmonton, Alberta.

C/Supt. Marcus served with the RCMP from 1942 to 1947 in 'K' Div. He left the Force to join the BCPP (BCPP Reg.#1131) until the BCPP was absorbed by the RCMP in 1950.

He continued to serve in the RCMP until 1976 in 'E', 'K', 'F', and 'E' Div. C/Supt. Marcus retired as the CIB Officer at Victoria, BC

Jack White

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#14631, TLJ 'Nick' Carter


Ottawa Division Vets advise that:

Reg.#14631 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Thomas Lawrence John ('Nick') Carter died at Sudbury, ON on November 10th, 2009.

Cremation. Wife, Phyllis Carter says 'Nick' will eventually be taken to 'Depot' for internment.

'Nick' was 87 years of age.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' Div.


The RCMP Honour Roll Cenotaph has recently been rebuilt/renovated at the RCMP Academy, 'Depot' Division.

The photo of the new cenotaph was taken by Sgt. W.P. Sutton, Military Police, RCMP Academy, 'Depot' Div.


'Maintain Our Memories'

Last Post: Reg.#S/10660, Roger Earl Latham


Nova Scotia Div Vets advise that;

S/10660 former Marine Cst. Roger Earl Latham died Nov 8, 2009 at Dartmouth, N.S.

Cst. Latham served from 1952 to 1957 in Marine Services 'H' Div.

Jack White

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#43362, Cpl. Ray Arcand


Edmonton Div Vets advise that;
Reg.#43362 (Rtd) Cpl. Ray Arcand died Nov 7, 2009 near Enoch, Alberta.

Cpl. Arcand served from 1971 to 1991 as a S/Cst, then he was promoted to Cst. to 2005 in 'K' Div, retiring from Aboriginal Policing at Edmonton.

He had been Chief of Alexander First Nation but did not run in most recent election because of his illness.

Jack White

Monday, November 9, 2009

RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' Div.



The newly renovated RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' Div.

The photos were taken by Sgt. W. P. Sutton, Military Police, RCMP Academy at 'Depot' Div., SK and sent to Friend of the Force, Mr. Peter Clarke, QC.

Mr. Peter Clarke is the nephew of the late Reg.#12572, Peter Seddon Oliver who died in the Dieppe raid on August 19th, 1942. Peter Seddon Oliver's name can be seen clearly in the close-up shot of the RCMP Honour Roll.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Reg.#1683, NWMP Cst. Charles J. Lennox


Read our Vet of the Month story for November, 2009.

Reg.#1683, NWMP Cst. Charles J. Lennox served in the NWMP for about five years (1885 to 1890).

Some years later, his body was found. After the Force, he had apparently lived a lonely life and died alone in an isolated cabin on the shore of 'Deadman's Lake', Alberta on March 1, 1896.

Deadman's Lake was named after Charles J. Lennox.

PAX

Friday, November 6, 2009

Samuel Raymond Kenny, Wireless Ops, WWII

Dear Joe,
I recently spoke with Vet Jack Hickman of Kingston, Ontario about my Uncle Samuel Raymond Kenny, born 1918 and died on September 27, 1941 near Jenkinstown, County Lough, Ireland.

Samuel Raymond Kenny was the Wireless Operator on a Hudson flown from Canada by RCMP Sgt. Louis Dubuc (in the database). These two men were part of RAF Ferry Command. Their plane crashed in Ireland killing the 3 crew.

Sgt. Dubuc and my Uncle Sam were taken to Newry for burial. Jack is sending you the info I sent him written by Dennis Burke of Ireland. Mr. Burke also has a website.

Cecil Kenny was my father, so he and Samuel Kenny were brothers. I intend to send some info. to you about Cecil's grave, pictures and some history.

Yours truly,

Catherine Levac
Friend of the Force

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#19976, S/Sgt. William W. Reid


P.E.I. Div Vets advise that;


Reg.#19976 (Rtd) S/Sgt. William W. REID died Nov 5, 2009 at Charlottetown, P.E.I.

S/Sgt. Reid served from 1957 to 1995 in 'J' 'H' & 'L' Divs. He was Life Member of PEI Div. Vets.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#15923, S/Sgt. Kenneth McKenzie


I am advised that;

Reg. #15923 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Kenneth McKenzie died Nov 5th, 2009 at Regina, Sask.

S/Sgt. McKenzie served from 1949 to 1976 in 'A' & 'F' Divs.

Jack White

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grave Discovery: Reg.#8592, John M. Young


Reg.# 8592, John McKenzie Young served in the Force for about one year (1919-1920). Later, it was known that he had been killed in California, USA in 1931 by a low-lying gang of banditos.

But, the final resting place of Cst. Young had always remained a mystery -- had he been buried in America or in Canada?
Recently, Edmonton, AB Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson and Toronto Vet. Jack O'Reilly collaborated on the web to search for Cst. Young's grave.

Our Vets discovered that he indeed was buried in Canada -- for the present, the exact place of burial is being kept 'under wraps'. More to follow.
We congratulate Vets Collinson and O'Reilly for their persistent journalism skills!

'Maintain Our Memories'

Cecil David Kenny - Wireless Operator, RCMP


Dear Joe,

My father, Cecil David Kenny served as a wireless operator with the RCMP in Nova Scotia from 1932 - 1939.

After his RCMP service, he transferred to the Federal Government Dept. of Transport as a Wireless Operator.

My Dad died in Ottawa on December 24, 1998.

I hope to provide you with more information about my Dad after I receive  access to his service file.

Yours truly,
Ms Catherine Levac

Reg.#1683, Cst. Charles J. Lennox, NWMP

Reg.#1683, Cst. Charles J. Lennox, NWMP

Good Evening Joe!

Attached please find digital photos of the above for inclusion in the rcmpgraves database. I personally visited both grave sites today. Access to the Lennox site is through private property and a Crown lease. The landowner and Lessee, Mr. Roy Scammell was most co-operative and can definitely be deemed a "Friend of the Force." What follows is my report on both grave sites:

Historically, the Sounding Lake route was used by the NWMP for travel between Fort MacLeod and Battleford. The actual site of the grave and memorial marker for Cst. Lennox is located at the East End of Deadman's Lake (The Lake has been known locally as "Deadman's Lake since at least 1955) on Crown Land leased by Roy Scammell at NW3-38-4-W4th which is precisely 5 miles South and 1.5 miles West of Cadogan, Alberta and 3.5 miles precisely North of the most northerly point of Sounding Lake. Mr. Scammell has lived at the area since 1955 and has leased the land where Cst. Lennox is buried from the Crown for decades.

He and his wife Edith and sons Neil and Dean were most co-operative and are willing to guide anyone that asks to this burial site. The surrounding land is used to pasture their cattle consequently they have erected a cattle guard around the marker to prevent damage to it from livestock. Prior to the marker being erected by the Spencer Historical Site Society in 1981, a long-necked beer bottle turned upside down and pushed into the grave site marked the location. Mr. Scammell informed me that several years ago he found remnants of what he believed was a wooden cross marking the grave site. Squared off pieces of lumber were found nearby which is consistent with the existence of the cabin referred to in an excerpt from a local history book.

There is a reference to Cst. Lennox in an Alberta History Book titled "A Treasury of Memories" which covers Special Areas #4 which includes Monitor and Sounding Lake. The specific excerpt is entitled, "A Cabin And A Grave:"
.... In 1891 NWMP records stated that regular patrols went out as far as Sounding Lake... There is little reason to doubt that other travellers used this preferred route across the plains as well. Wandering Indians, trappers and others probably passed through. One person at least must have chosen this area as a place to live, for in 1896, an Indian hunting at Sounding Lake discovered a cabin about seven miles north-west of the Lake. Nearby was a grave. An investigation by Sergeant Mills revealed a carefully prepared grave on a ridge about 75 feet from the cabin. The headboard indicated that Charles Lennox, an ex-member of the N.W.M.P. was buried there. A note in the cabin said that a man, Adsik, had arrived at the Lake in October and left for Medicine Hat on April 10. Lennox had died March 1.

Death Date: From the above account it is apparent that the date of death for Lennox was March 1, 1896 not March 1, 1897 as is currently listed in the database;

Place of Death: Deadman's Lake

City: Cadogan

Prov: AB

Country: CA

Grave Location: Legal Land Description NW3-38-4-W4th, East End of Deadman's Lake

Condition of Plot: Poor. Overgrown. Bronze plaque needs cleaning;

Inspection Date: November 4, 2009

Comments: Grave site located on leased crown land. Contact Roy Scammell (780) 753-6423 for access

Picture Link: As attached

With thanks to: Roy & Edith Scammell and sons Neil and Dean Scammell

Reg. No. 5953, Cst. William Bennett Holtsbaum, RNWMP

Death of Date: Pending from son in Calgary, William Brian Holtsbaum (403) 242-9345

Place of Death: Pending from son;

Cemetery Name: Provost Cemetery

City: Provost

Prov: AB

Country: CA

Grave Location: Plot 326

Condition of Plot: Good

Inspection Date: November 4, 2009

Picture Link: As attached

A publication is located in the Alberta Legislature Library entitled, "Our Bill: William Bennett Holtsbaum: the biography of a unique and honorable man, 1893-1958;" authored by Lois Reid-Holtsbaum and William Brian Holtsbaum

Once I acquie futher information from Cst. Holtsbaum's son, I will pass it along.

With Kindest Regards --- Dave
Insp. David A. Guy (Ret'd)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
David A. Guy
Guy & Associates Ltd.
P.O. Box 360
Edgerton, Alberta T0B 1K0
Bus: (780) 755-2502
Fax: (780) 755-2503
Cell: (780) 806-3416
E-Mail: daguy@wy-com.ca


'Maintain Out Memories

Monday, November 2, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#O.684 C/Supt. Abney C. Tuttle


Victoria Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18299 / O.684 C/Supt. Abney C. Tuttle died Nov. 1st, 2009 at Salt Spring Island, B.C.

C/Supt. Tuttle served from 1953 to 1987 in 'E', 'HQ', 'A' and 'HQ' Divs.

Jack White

Reg.#10892, Sgt. Louis Romeo Dubuc

Hi Joe,

I am putting in the mail the selection of documents recently received from Catherine Levac, the niece of Sam Kenny, who was the other crewman on the ill-fated Hudson Bomber piloted by Sgt. Dubuc (RCMP Honour Roll #69).

The docs contain some interesting facts pertaining to the incident, including the manner in which the remains of the crew members were disposed with full military honours accorded by both the Irish Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Keep up the good work. It's important.

Vet.Jack Hickman
Kingston, ON

Sunday, November 1, 2009

In Memory of: Reg.#3948, Sgt. Stafford Selig


Dear Buffalo Joe,

I was thrilled to find your website that has information about my late great, great uncle Sgt. Stafford Selig, Reg # 3948.

During my training at 'Depot' (Aug 2002- Jan 2003) I received a photograph from my aunt in Ontario that showed Uncle Selig in uniform and sitting on a horse. He was at the rank of Cpl. at the time.

My aunt asked me if I could find out any more information about him. Much to my surprise, his name was on a plaque on the wall in the RCMP Chapel.

I went on to find out that he is buried at Hershel Island. It is my hope some day to go up on one of the annual maintenance trips to his grave site and help maintain his legacy...

Thanks for the great information!

Cst. Nancy (Witty) Howell
RCMP Gander