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Friday, December 31, 2010

In Memory of Reg.#11735, Constable Leslie Tupper Fyfe

Reg.#11735, Constable Leslie Tupper Fyfe joined the Force on May 1, 1932. After ten years service, he decided to leave and his departure date was April 30, 1942.

During his service, Cst. Fyfe served in 'K', 'G', 'Depot' 'G', 'J' and 'H' Div.

The photo of Cst. Fyfe's grave was sent in by Mr. Dick Pulsifer, Friend of the Force in Nova Scotia. Cst. Fyfe died in 1984. He is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, Hwy 359, Steam Mill, Kings County, Nova Scotia. His plot is in excellent condition but unfortunately, there is no reference to his service in the Force.

We especially thank Mr. Dick Pulsifer with assistance of Vet. Tom Lowe in Nova Scotia again for their ongoing support and for their research of RCMP/GRC graves.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Thursday, December 30, 2010

In Memory of Reg.#864, Constable Campbell Young

History does not record a precise date of birth for our North West Mounted Police (NWMP) Constable Campbell Young -- his eyes may have seen first light about 1862.

Vet. Historian Jack White records that Cst. Young joined the NWMP on November 26, 1882. His first posting was to 'F' Div. (Saskatchewan). He saw action at the outbreak of the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Later, he was posted to 'K' and 'M' Divisions.

There came a time in his brief career that he committed several infractions under the Police Act mostly caused by excessive alcohol. There's always speculation that women might have been involved in his wrongdoing affairs, but we simply can't say if that was the case. Anyway, Cst. Young was asked to resign.

After leaving the NWMP, Young became the Manager of the Northern Trading Company which eventually was absored by the Hudson Bay Co. 

Cst. Young died in 1951 and he is buried in Edmonton, AB.

The photo of Cst. Young's grave was recently received from Edmonton Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

In Memory of Reg.#21018, Staff Sergeant Donald Craig Keith

In Memory of Reg.#21018, S/Sgt. Donald Craig Keith

Donald Craig Keith was born on July 11, 1938 in Berwick, Nova Scotia. He joined the RCMP on July 16, 1959 and he was posted to several Divisions across Canada. He served in 'N', 'B', 'HQ', 'G', 'M' and 'H' Div's.

S/Sgt. Keith died on April 27, 1982 in Halifax, NS. A photograph was recently taken of S/Sgt. Keith's grave by Ontario Vet. Merle Armstrong.

S/Sgt. Donald Craig Keith is buried in Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, NS

'Maintain Our Memories'.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Last Post: Reg#18808, Peter Borys

Ottawa Division Vets announce that:

Reg.#18808, Insp. Peter Borys (R'td) passed away on the evening of Dec. 25, 2010 in Ottawa, at the age of 77 years. 

Funeral to be held later this week at the RCMP National Memorial at Beechwood Cemetery

Details to follow.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Thursday, December 23, 2010

In Memory of Reg.#16386, Corporal John Bell

Corporal John Bell originally served with the British Columbia Provincial Police (BCPP).  His BCPP badge number was 737.

John Bell was born on February 27, 1912 and he joined the BCPP in 1938. He led a unique and distinguished career with the BCPP as he was commended for his police work on two occasions; once in 1943 and again in 1947.

The memorable photo in the upper right shows Cpl. Bell receiving his Long Service Medal (LSM). The other persons in the photo are not yet identified. The photo below (left) is Cpl. Bell's Certificate of RCMP Service which is presented upon one's retirement.

In 1950, John Bell was a BCPP constable posted to Kamloops, BC and it was the same year that the RCMP absorbed the BCPP. Over time, John Bell was promoted to corporal while he continued to work in Kamloops Detachment.

The actual date of transition for John Bell into the RCMP from the BCPP was August 15, 1950. In later years, he was transferred to Penticton Det. and he retired from the Force on December 9, 1966.

After retirement, Corporal Bell returned to the Kamloops area where he was employed by the BC Department of Fish and Wildlife.

In the photo lower right is Cpl. Bell's Discharge Certificate from the RCMP. Cpl. Bell died on October 30, 1987 and he is buried in Comox, BC.

The photos in this article belong to the collection of Supt. Brian Brennan, OIC Federal Policing, 'H' Div., Halifax, NS. I thank him for the photos and I also acknowledge Historian Jack White for his contribution of historical facts about the life and times of Cpl. John Bell.

We thank Corporal John Bell for his generous contribution to community as well as his talents in policing to the BCPP and the RCMP.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Buffalo Joe Healy

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Obituary: Reg.#18563, Sgt. Ken Taylor - 'J' Div. (NB)

Reg.#18563, Sgt. KE 'Ken' Taylor passed away peacefully at the Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB after a brief illness, on December 21, 2010. Ken was born in Vernon, BC, November 7th, 1932, and was the son of the late William and Helen (Machowski) Taylor. He joined the RCMP in 1955, and retired in Fredericton NB, as a Sergeant in 1973.

Ken was stationed in a variety of locations across the Province of New Brunswick. He and his family moved to Rothesay, NB in 1973 when he became Head of Corporate Security for the Irving Companies. In 1977, he established Commercial Investigations and Consultants Limited, which he ran successfully until very recently. Ken is survived by his wife, Joan (Reilly) of 52 years, his son, Terry of Halifax, NS, daughter-in-law, Debbie Carter, of Hampton, sister-in-law, Elaine Davison, and brother-in-law, Donald Reilly. He was predeceased by his daughter, Gail, his son, Brent A, sisters, Dorothy and Kaye, and his brothers, Stan, Jim, Bill and Ron.

Those who knew Ken will remember him as someone with incredible strength, courage, and wit. He was devoted to not only his family, but to his many long time friends. Although he had several medical challenges over the years, he refused to allow physical illness to slow him down or interfere with his active lifestyle. The family have many to thank, but would particularly like to recognize the support received from niece Debbie Gray, Dr. Rob Stevenson, Dr. Josh Tracy and the entire team at the Cardiac Care Unit, Saint John Regional Hospital.

Ken will be resting at Kennebecasis Community Funeral Home, 152 Pettingill Road, Quispamsis, NB. Visiting hours Thursday, December 23rd, 2010, 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Michael LeBlanc and con-celebrated by Rev. Wally Collett at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 31 Gondola Point Road, Rothesay, NB, at 11am, Friday, December 24th, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Kidney Foundation of Canada - NB Branch, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online donations and condolences may be made at:

Credit: Bruce Estabrooks

'Maitain Our Memories'

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Reg.#9129, Cst. Bruce Vivian Moore, NWMP

From an Infant Force - the NWMP

This note and the accompanying photo of Cst. Bruce Vivian Moore was received from his niece, Ethel May (Moore) Guertin. Here, Ethel Guertin of Gatineau, QC provides a wee yet personal insight into the life and times of her NWMP uncle, Cst. Moore

Bruce Vivian Moore was born in South Hull, QC on June 18, 1892. He joined the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) on February 16, 1909 at the age of 16 years and 4 months. Cst. Moore remained with the NWMP when it became the RCMP on February 1, 1920.

Cst. Moore  was the youngest of a family of  ten boys and seven girls. The Moore family was born on their farm on Pink Road here in Gatineau, QC. -- that part of the City was then called South Hull.

Bruce Moore was our favourite Uncle and he and Aunt Edna spent a lot of time with us. They were a regular part of our Christmas Day dinners. They always arrived with gifts for all of us. Bruces' wife, our Aunt Edna was not allowed to wrap the presents at Christmas time as that was specifically Uncle Bruce's job.  He insisted on wrapping the presents and he wrapped every one of them beautifully.

Cst Moore retired from the RCMP on February 8, 1938. He died in Ottawa, Ontario on November 22, 1962. Cst. Moore is buried in Bellevue Cemetery which is located on the Aylmer Road in Gatineau, Quebec. 

I have not been able to find a photo of Uncle Bruce in the RCMP uniform but I have a few more leads to follow up.

There is no RCMP crest on his tombstone yet - it sure would be great if there was one present...
Thank You.
Yours truly,
Ethel May (Moore) Guertin

'Maintain Our Memories'

Buffalo Joe

Monday, December 20, 2010

Reg.#OS 193, Sub Constable William H. V. Woods, NWMP

NWMP Connections
Sub Constable H. V. Woods was born in Kingston, ON. He joined the NWMP on March 28, 1874.
He died in 1905 and he is buried in Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston, ON.

Mr. Woods' granddaughter, Susan Joiner sent in the photo of a receipt seen here.

Granddaugher Joiner says: 'Here is a scan of the original receipt for the plot for W.H.V. Woods. I treasure it and am thinking seriously of presenting it to the office to see if they will honour it and find space for more of the Woods familyl!!'  What are the odds?

Best wishes.

Sue Joiner,
Granddaughter of OS 193, Sub Constable H. V. Woods

*   PS 1: One can clearly read that the plot for Sub Constable Woods cost $20.00 in 1895.

** PS 2: Reg.# OS 193, Sub-Constable Woods and Reg.# OS 165, Sub-Constable T. Cherry must have been acquaintences as they both were from Kingston, ON and they both joined the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) on the same day: to wit, March 28, 1874. Is it pure coincidence or is it pure Canadian history?

Buffalo Joe

'Maintain Our Memories'

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Memorial to Reg.#33580, Cst. Thomas J. Agar

Memorial to Cst. Tom Agar
Honour Roll #166

Dear Joe;

Recently, I sent you the photo's of Cst. Perry's grave and the cemetery service which we held in his memory.

Now, I send you the photos of Cst. Tom Agar who is also buried in Burnaby, BC. A servcie was also held by Burnaby Det. for him.

In review, I recently inspected the graves of Csts. Thomas Agar and Cst. David Perry who were both killed in the line of duty (seperate incidents) and are buried in Burnaby, BC.

I put together a group of eight members with our OIC Detachment and the Detachment Chaplain and inspected both graves on September 24, 2010.

We conducted a small, short ceremony including placing flowers on the grave markers, provided an overview of how the members were killed, a prayer by the chaplain and a moment of silence.

Joe, kindly include the photo's of  Cst. Agar and Cst. Perry in website and in your database, please.
Yours truly,

John A. Buis, S/S/M
Executive NCO to the OIC
Burnaby Detachment

'Maintain Our Memories'

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Memorial to Reg.#19879, Cst. David M. Perry

Memorial to Cst. David Perry.
RCMP Honour Roll #95

This note and the photos were received from S/S/M John Buis, a friend from Burnaby Detachment

Dear Joe;

"My name is John Buis and I am the Executive NCO to the OIC of Burnaby Detachment.

I recently attended the graves of Cst. Thomas Agar and Cst. David Perry who were both killed in the line of duty (seperate incidents) and are buried in Burnaby, BC

I put together a group of eight members with our OIC Burnaby and the Detachment Chaplain and inspected both graves on September 24, 2010. The graves are in excellent condition.

We conducted a small, short ceremony including placing flowers on the grave markers, provided an overview of how the members were killed, a prayer by the chaplain and a moment of silence. The information sheets were laminated and left with the flowers at the grave site.

Joe; I'd appreciate if you would publish these memorable photographs and include them in your website database."

Yours truly,

John A. Buis, S/S/M
Executive NCO to the OIC
Burnaby Detachment

'Maintain Our Memories'

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Mystery of the Missing Bundle of Bones - C237

Fast Breaking News

Late this evening, this Ottawa Vet. received an alarming phone call which originated from a Funeral Home located in a large Canadian city. It was a disappointing call.

This Vet was told that the remains of our once proud and faithful member of the Force cannot be found. I had hoped for good news today. The mystery has not yet been solved.

I have authorized myself to explain one complicating aspect in the case. Many, many, years ago when the practice of cremation was first introduced into Canada, people held the idea that 'cremation' also included the full burial phase. Such was not the intention of  funeral homes. When some people were told that an additional cost was attached to the next phase (burial), they decided to leave the remains in care of the funeral home versus take responsibility for them. Over many years, funeral businesses have been left with thousands of unclaimed remains.

By law, remains must be retained by the funeral home until they are claimed by a rightful person(s) or until the last day.

In our case, there is a 'faint hope clause' at work. Authorities from the funeral home said that among the thousands of unclaimed 'urn's are hundreds of urns which have tags with ineligible writing. Thus, each 'urn' with an ineligible tag will have to be opened (one by one) and a metal identification marker inside the urn will have to be retrieved. The metal ID marker from inside the urn has the number assigned to the deceased. This Vet has been told there is a 'slight' possibility that our member may be identified by this method.

In the meantime, this Vet. also had a conversation with the active RCMP investigator involved in the Mystery of the Missing Bundle of Bones. The investigator had followed up on a helpful clue. The investigator said: 'that ...

To be continued.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Buffalo Joe
Ottawa Vet.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Mystery of the Missing Bundle of Bones (2010) - C237 continuation

The Mystery of the Missing Bundle of Bones was partly revealed a few short weeks ago. Sure enough this Mystery has caused blood vessels in some investigators to congeal. Afterall, I innocently contributed to an unforeseen leak. Another leak will not happen. Others related to the case have become more fearful of the final outcome while others have decided to leave the case entirely.

In the meantime, hot leads have been uncovered in the case and new research techniques have been tested and are presently being employed. To break this case, only the most strong willed can continue! Only now do I realize that more expertise is required. In short, it's now a JFO.

The Mystery of the Missing Bundle of Bones continues to baffle this Vet. who is supervising the overall operation. This Vet. is one who has spent years and years in dark dungeon like libraries, and cold storage lockers otherwise known inside the secretive mortuary business as 'bone dust vaults'. There is no need here to overstate the atmosphere in chilly places such as lonely cemeteries of the sort that exist in New Brunswick. There, cemeteries are also known as 'huddle grounds for ghosts'. My single curt instruction to the JFO was this: 'If bones go missing, the tail follows the dog!' Canis Meus!

Hundreds of readers have been following the case. One person said '...he felt as thought he was caught in a snare -- meaning that he hopes the outcome of the Mystery will be favourable to the investigators. 'Free them', he said!' 

Late tonight, I have been authorized to announce that a highly professional friend inside the RCMP with stellar investigative skills and a steely mind has been brought into the case. He/she will not be sleeping tonight! More than hope is expected from the JFO.

To be continued...

'Maintain Our Memories'

Buffalo Joe

Searching for uncle - Paddy Ainsworth

Deceased Member Search

This note asking for research help in Canada has been received.

Dear Sir;

I wish to trace my uncle Paddy Ainsworth (my dad's brother) who moved to Canada from the west of Ireland in or around 1925/40. I understand that he worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

I have often thought about him, but kmow very little about his time in Canada, if you can help it would be appreciated, many thanks.


**A reply has been sent to Mr. Bourke saying that I had no record of 'Paddy' Ainsworth, but that he may also wish to write to the RCMP in Ottawa asking for more study.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Buffalo Joe

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reg. #37760, Cst. Brian Mervin Powell (M.B.) - Medal of Bravery

Cst.Brian Mervin Powell  - Medal of Bravery. CO's Commendation  and Police Officer of the Year.

This photo is owned by Mr. Graham Powell (father of Cst. Powell) who gave permission to Supt. Brian Brennan, OIC Federal Policing in 'H' Div. (Nova Scotia) to send it to me. It also appeared in The Quarterly, V51(2) 1986.

In the photo, Cst. Brian Powell (left) is receiving the Commanding Officer`s Commendation at the hand of CO `H` Div., C/Supt. D. Henry.

Briefly, Cst. Powell was on patrol at night in October, 1984 when he noticed fire and smoke coming from a home. Cst. Powell entered the home by breaking a window and successfully opening the door. The interior of the house was in flames, but Cst. Powell searched each room. In the final room, he found a man unconscious on the floor.

The man could not relieved so Cst. Powell began to carry the man out of doors. However, finding his pathway engulfed in flames, Cst. Powell retreated. He then smashed another window with his feet. Cst. Powell was able to get the unconscious man out of the house and the two of them fell head first about ten feet. The man was taken to the hospital and Cst. Powell was slightly injured.

At a later date, the Medal of Bravery was presented to Cst. Powell by Governor General Jeanne Sauve. He was also named 'Police Officer of the Year'.

Cst. Powell is the son of Graham and Joan Powell.  He died in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 28, 1993 at the age of 32 years. Brian Powell was married to Shirley Young-MacDonald and their infant daughter had predeceased him.

Their daughter, Lindsey Michelle was buried with her father, Cst. Brian Mervin Powell, RCMP. M.B.

'Maintain Our Memories'

by, Supt. Brian Brennan, Halifax, NS and
Buffalo Joe Healy, Ottawa, ON

Canada Wide Assistance to an Applicant

This note was received from applicant Eric Nicholson. Eric is also an avid collector of RCMP memorabilia. He asks us for Canada wide help. Young people too have mysteries to solve.

Hi Joe,

I was wondering if you would be able to help me? I am researching a forage cap dated 1950 marked with the Reg.#12263. I found out the number belongs to Ernest Wilson Roberts.

I tried to access Roberts' Service File from the RCMP under a Freedom of  Information request, but I was told that his Service File was destroyed.

Next, I contacted the RCMP Museum. I was told that Mr. Ernest Roberts was the father of Reg.#27919 Herbert Bourgaize Roberts who died on May 22, 1988. Apparently, Herbert also had a brother, retired Superintendent Reg.#12135, Gordon Clement Roberts.

I would really like to track down a family member to see if anyone has a photo of Ernest Roberts to put next to the forage hat. I figure if there's any Vets out there that might have known any of the Roberts clan or maybe if the Roberts' had any children then I might be able to find more information and connect it to my forage cap.

Could you could pass this message along or post it up on your website as someone might be able to help me?

Regards Joe and keep up the great work!

Yours truly,


**Dear Vets, please contact Eric or Buffalo Joe if you can add anything that might bring this case to a successful conclusion. As is the tradition, let us leave no stone left unturned.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Missing Person - Edward Hewins

This note has been received.

Dear Mr. Healy;

I have been led to believe my uncle served in the RCMP but cannot verify this.

His name was Edward Hewins and he died in PLAP in 1932 age 42. He came over from England in 1913, I do hope you can help.

Yours truly,

David Clifford


**A reply was sent to Mr. Clifford notifying him that I could not 'unearth' any records of said person, to wit: Mr. Edward Hewins.

Concluded Here

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In Memory: deceased Reg.#28935, Cst. James Thomas Band

This note and memorable photo was received from Reg.#13498, retired S/Sgt. Thomas William Sefton Band.

Tom says: Dear Joe;  'My son, Reg.#28935,  Cst. James Thomas Sefton Band died on September 8, 1974 in Vancouver, BC of cancer. He had been posted to Powell River BC.

James Band was born April 13, 1951 and he joined the Force in 1971. He was married with no children.

James' ashes were scattered over the grave of  his grandfather, Reg.#6412, Arthur Sefton Band in Lethbridge, Alberta'.

Tom adds: 'In the photo taken in 1971, I am presenting my son, James Band with his official badge. The 'Depot' Div. Sergeant Major oversees the protocol'.

Yours truly,

Tom Band
S/Sgt., Retired

'Maintain Our Memories'

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A family in the Force 'Band-ed' together

The Band Family and the Force

This photograph was received from Reg.#13498, Thomas William Sefton Band. He says the snap was taken at Form Lake, SK in 1947 where his Dad (Reg.#6412) was stationed as a Sgt. Sec. NCO.

On the left Reg.#14606, Albert James Stanley Band who retired as a Sgt.

In the center Reg.#6412, Arthur Sefton Band who retired as a Sgt.

On the right is myself Reg.#13498, Thomas William Sefton Band and I retired as a S/Sgt. Section NCO.

My son, Reg.# 28935, James Thomas Sefton Band was born on April 13, 1951 and he joined the Force in 1971. He was married with no children. James died on September 8, 1974 in Vancouver of cancer while stationed at Powell River BC.  His ashes were scattered over the grave of my Dad, Reg.#6412 Arthur Band.

Yours truly,
Reg.#13498, Tom Band 

'Maintain Our Memories'

Friday, December 10, 2010

Reg.#3530, Cst. Andrew John 'Jack' Timmins et al - NWMP

Snippets of NWMP History

Here's a note recently received from a distant relative of Cst. Timmins.

Dear Buffalo Joe;

Jack Timmins joined the North West Mounted Police in March 1900 with a friend Pat Higgerty. They volunteered for service in the Yukon Territory. At the time, two years in the N.W. Territories equaled five years down south. Jack died in Stanley, Chippewa, Wisconsin. 

He wrote a small history of his time with the NWMP which is included in a history of the McDonald family of which my mother was a member.

In his history book, Jack mentions many Mounted Police, among them: Constable McMillan from Nova Scotia, wrestling champion of the Maritime provinces, Constable Taylor boxing champion from London, England, and Sergeant Smith a rated boxer from Butte, Montana, USA

John Timmins began his athletic career in the N.W.M. Police in the gym in Regina. He took the amateur welterweight boxing Championship of SK., BC., the Yukon and Alaska.

Jack also mentions a Constable Sonier, Constables Laws and Myra. In the letter, he mentions America Miners holding a meeting in order to annex the Yukon to Alaska. Thugs from the Pacific Coast stirring up the Indians with whiskey etc. and keeping the Hockey Team alive,

He tells the most interesting stories of his time in Dawson City which if you are interested I can forward to you.  I hope this isn't too much information?

Patty Anne Hill

**I have replied to acknowledge and thank Ms Hill for these notes and wonderful recollections.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thomas Arthur Bryan - possibly RNWMP member?

I recently received this note.

Hi Buffalo,

I am searching for information on Thomas Arthur Bryan (born September 12, 1874 in Coatbridge, Scotland) please.

The only information I have for him is that he joined the Royal North West Mounted Police after 1901, and then apparently went missing.

I would be grateful for any help or advice on where I can get further information on this missing family member.

Many thanks,

With very best wishes


Note: I replied to Miss Daisy telling her that I have no historical record of Thomas Arthur Bryan. If anyone knows of this person, kindly let us know.

Buffalo Joe

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Reg.#11823, deceased Staff Sergeant Lawrence Smyth

Here's a note from an appreciative son who comments on a photograph of his Dad which was published on website

Dear Joe, Cst L. Smyth was my dad, who indeed was the tail gunner on "C for Charlie".

Dad identifies himself in the aircrew picture shown in his July, 1946 RCMP Quarterly article.

Dad rejoined the RCMP after the war, retiring in 1959 as a Staff Sergeant in 'D'Division.

He passed away in 1976, age 72, and is buried in Winnipeg, MB, a long way from his place of birth, Daingean, Offaly, Ireland.

Yours truly,

Larry Smyth

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reg.#12572, Peter Seddon Oliver - RCMP Honour Roll # 72

Snippets of RCMP History

The following note was received from Mr. Richard Clarke, QC. In his letter, Mr. Clarke points out that the RCMP in WWII were distinguished by being permitted to wear the RCMP crest as their military shoulder patch as well as on their berets.

Mr. Clarke says: 'Peter Oliver was originally transferred from the RCMP to the Canadian Army Provost Corps along with about a hundred other members in 1939. The formed No 1 Provost Company at the time. But Pete Oliver must have been quite a guy and a natural leader because he quickly earned promotion within the Corps and was commissioned as an Officer in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was subsequently promoted again to 1st Lieutenant and transferred to No 2 Provost Company which is the unit he was serving in when our troops landed at Dieppe in August 1942.

Mr. Clarke is a nephew of Reg.#12572, Peter Seddon Oliver who died in the Dieppe raid on August 19th, 1942. Peter Seddon Oliver's name is listed as #72 on the RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' Div.

The letter from Mr. Richard Clarke, QC.
Dear Joe, All RCMP personnel who transferred to the Provost Corps were allowed to wear their RCMP cap badge and Royal Canadian Mounted Police shoulder flashes on their uniforms, as a distinction from the rest of the Provost Corps personnel. 
It was considered a major concession on the part of the Army to allow this. However, several RCMP personnel who served in the Army at this time would rise to senior rank in the Force, including L.H. Nicholson, who would eventually serve as Commissioner of the Force in the 1950's. In 1945, Nicholson was promoted to Provost Marshal of the Army.  

The photos of Reg.#12572, Peter Oliver were taken from the website I am appreciative to web contributors Mr. Richard Clarke and Vet. Murray Adair for the photographs.

We thank Mr. Clarke as he has been a faithful contributor to

'Maintain Our Memories'

Monday, December 6, 2010

Reg.#7766, Cst. V. Maisonneuve and Reg.9517, Cst. W. Stephens

Here's a note of remembrance about two long deceased members in the NWT which was received from a Friend of the Force.

Dear Joe,

You may already have the information below but, just in case here are two names. Unfortunately, I only have their year of death.

I came across the graveyard in Dundas Harbour, NWT (at the time) in the summer of 1967 while I was a helicopter pilot on the CGSS N.B. MacLean.

In my years as helicopter pilot, bush and government, it was my pleasure to work occasionally with the Force, in many places and always enjoyed it, no matter what the purpose was.

Congratulations on your website and the memories it brought to me.

Cst. Victor Maisonneuve, Died Dundas Harbour, (NWT) Nunavut, 1926
Cst. William Stephens, Died Dundas Harbour, (NWT) Nunavut, 1927

Yours truly,

Michel J. Sastre, pilot

The pictures below are of the graves of Reg.#7766, Cst. V. Maisonneuve and Reg.9517, Cst. W. Stephenswere. The photos were taken from the website database: .The contibutor for the photos was Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson of Edmonton, AB. Click on the image for a larger view.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Major-General (Commissioner) A.Bowen Perry

The following note was received from Canadian General (Ret) Ramsey Withers. The General's message brings our history alive when one pauses to reflect that he was on Parade at the Royal Military College in 1950 -- at a time when Commissioner Perry was active yet a time so shortly after WWII.

The NWMP, the RNWMP and the RCMP were recepients of great leaders born of RMC. Cadet # 13, known today as Commissioner A. Bowen Perry was one of those insightful leaders.
Dear Joe;

Having learned about your outstanding work preserving the RCMPs heritage in the Ottawa Citizen I offer hearty congratulations.

The Citizen article contained the name of Commissioner Perry. He was a member of the first class to enter RMC Kingston in 1876. Known today at "The Old Eighteen". His cadet number is 13.

In October, 1950, I had the honour of being on parade at the College when he was the Reviewing Officer. I remember his fine deportment and erect figure.

All best to you in your work.


Reply of Appreciation

Dear General Withers,

First, thank you so much for your kind note and also thank you took the time to drop me a note.

Our history comes alive when you mention the year 1950. You likely were an inspiring Officer at Kingston and I was six years old! The exactness of your recollections of seeing Commissioner Perry at RMC are wonderful because there are so few people alive today that would remember him. Few could recall him as you have done. I too would have liked to have been on that Parade.

Sir; I wish you all my best and I hope that you are doing well. I have added your name to Commissioner Perry's file on the database along with a snippet of your recollections.

Yours truly,

Joe Healy
Retired Superintendent
Ottawa, Ontario

'Maintain Our Memories'

Friday, December 3, 2010

Unmarked Graves - Reg.#5150 Charles Leslie Vaughan

It is sometimes discovered that deceased members of the Force lie in an unmarked grave when research of their final resting place is conducted by volunteers.

Such, unfortunately is the case of  Reg. #5150, Charles Leslie Vaughan..

Vet. volunteer, Merle Armstong learned that Cst. Vaughan  was born on April 24, 1885 in  Charlotteville, Norfolk County, Ontario. He died on March 21, 1920 in Brantford, ON.

In addition to serving with the North West Mounted Police, Vaughan previously served with the 39th Norfolk Rifles and was with the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers when he joined the CEF in WWI.

Merle Armstrong writes: 'Unfortunately, Cst. Vaughan is buried in an unmarked grave in Delhi Cemetery, 205 James Street, Delhi, ON.'

A call has been placed to the RCMP asking them to provide a marker for Cst. Vaughan's grave.

Pax Domine Semper Vobiscum

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Reg.# 324, Staff Sergeant Arthur Dorion, NWMP

From an Infant Force: the NWMP

This unique and cherished old photo of NWMP, Staff Sergeant A. Dorion was received from the collection of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Vet. Ron Smith.

S/Sgt. Dorion joined the Force on June 9, 1879. He retired on August 31, 1922 after a long career that spanned forty two years.

He died on June 12, 1932 and he is buried in the South Hill Cemetery, Prince Albert, SK.

S/Sgt. Dorion was involved in some major squirmishes during the early NWMP. He was at the start of the Riel Rebellion at Battleford and he was also involved in the Battle of Cut Knife.

To be absolutely clear, S/Sgt. Dorion is the person on the right.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Who am I?

In the early days, I was a Private in the Midland Battalion in the Riel Rebellion.

I was also a member of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP). My brother also joined the NWMP but he was 'junior' to me.

Later, I was a Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in WWI.

Here I am in daper civilian clothes.

A relative provided this snap to Buffalo Joe for publication.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Obituary: Reg.#16531, Charles Warren Atchison, RCMP

Cranbrook Herald: The Courier Aug 17,1981

Born at Cranbrook, Jan.28,1914 to Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Atchison, a son.

Atchison- Mr. Charles (Bunny) Warren Atchison of 218-12th Ave. South, Cranbrook, passed away in Cranbrook, on August 14,1981 at the age of 67 years.

Mr. Atchison was born in Cranbrook, B.C. on January 28,1914. He spent most of his life in Cranbrook with the exception of about 16 years in the Province with the B.C. Police and the R.C.M.P. Mr. Atchison is survived by his wife Bertha of Cranbrook, two daughters Mrs. Mike (Muriel) Pachara and Mrs. Alan (Karen) Gordon, both of Cranbrook, five grandchildren, Karen, Kevin, Arthur, Cathy and Jim. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for the late Bunny Atchison will be held from McPherson Memorial Chapel, Cranbrook on Tuesday, August 18th,1981 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Norman Tanner officiating. Cremation to precede at Kootenay Crematorium. Friends wishing to remember Charles (Bunny) Atchison may make memorial contributions to the Terry Fox Memorial Fund, c/o any of the local banks. Arrangements have been entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service Ltd.

Ashes scattered on grave of his father W.J. Atchison, Old General Cemetery, Cranbrook, BC

Dalcy Gripich


Joe, What a great resource you have created!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Offer to help Grave Information - from Europe

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Dear Joe;

I am a retired member and presently living and working n Europe. I also often have an opportunity to travel so I thought I might be able to help you.

I can offer my help to photograph any known RCMP member's graves in Europe.

If I could be of assistance, please feel free to contact me on my email account.


Jean-Marc Laperle

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PS: I have replied to Jean-Marc and his offer has been accepted and much appreciated.

Buffalo Joe

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Reg.#887, Sligo Warren Kerr, NWMP

Research Notes about Reg.#887, Sligo Warren Kerr from 'F' Div. Vet. Ron Smith

(1) Cst. Kerr was always well dress and clean and everyone address him as 'Sir'.

(2) He never showed any interest in sharing his life with anyone male or female.

(3) He liked cats and allowed them to share his table.

(4) Cst. Kerr was friends with two neighbour families and one were two young boys who listened to his tales of the early days, Vince, now dead, was the one who started my research and supplied a lot of info.

(5) In a very serious event by Battleford a year prior to the rebellion was when about 60 NWMP tried to arrest a native for assaulting the Indian agent several hundred braves from three nearby reserves where having a sun dance at the time and refused to give up the fugitive. They were armed and fired guns in the air etc. It appeared like the start of rebellion then but Cst. Kerr went into the crowd, and dragged the wanted person out by his bandana. The story is in several history books but is in The Quarterly referred to in the article (Almost forgotten.)

(6) For whatever reason, Cst. Kerr left Ireland and no one will ever know the reason, Was it religion, sex, family fighting, or whatever? Kerr never would and never did contact family again regardless of coaxing by his associates. A lawyer contacted a surviving brother in Ireland after Kerr died, but the brother refused an item of Kerr's estate.

Yours truly,

Vet. Ron Smith

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#19819, Hugh (J.H.A.R.) Fortin

It is with heavy heart and sadness that we announce the passing of Hugues on November 23, 2010 at the age of 72.

Beloved husband of Laurette. Cherished father of Marc, Ron and Lynda. Loving grandfather of Jean-Francois, Roch, Jean-Luc and Valerie. He will also be missed by many nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.

For over 39 years, Hugh served proudly as a member of the RCMP and CSIS. He was stationed in Saskatchewan, Montreal and Ottawa. He was an avid golfer, an outdoors person and he enjoyed the wintering in Florida for many years.

A celebration of Hugh's life will be held at Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood ave, Ottawa on Friday December 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. In memory of Hugh, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Special thanks to the nursing staff of St-Vincent Hospital and to Dr. Crabtree for the excellent care given to Hugh.

Mrs. Fortin would welcome the presence of the Veterans Association. Visitation will be just prior to service. There will be internment following the memorial service and the family would appreciate the presence of veterans at the grave site. The pall, boots, stetson and gloves will be provided for the Beechwood Service.

Notice: Gord Ireland []

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Last Post: Reg.#15318, S/S/M David Willoughby Thurston

Peacefully, on Monday, November 22nd, 2010, retired Staff Sergeant Major David Willoughby Thurston of London, ON passed away. Loving father of Judith Ann Thurston of London.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Sarah Joyce Thurston (2003) of London; parents Fred (1975) and Annie (1972); brother Howard (1943, missing in action during World War II over Hamburg, Germany); sister Annie 'Betts' (2003) and infant brother John (1928) all of Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.

For 25 years, David served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during which time he was stationed throughout the Maritime provinces and Ontario. During his early years in The Force, he toured North America as a member of the RCMP Musical Ride.

Upon retirement, David spent twenty years working in the Investigations Branch of the Unemployment Insurance Commission. Upon retirement from Federal Service, David was an active community volunteer, working with the RCMP Veterans' Association, SARI Riding School (an organization providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons for people with disabilities), the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and Big Brothers of London.

Throughout his life, David's love of literature and learning lead him to pursue studies in English, History and Journalism at Carleton University, The University of Windsor and The University of Western Ontario. A private family service has taken place with interment at Zion Cemetery. Westview Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.

The family wishes to acknowledge the efforts made and express their gratitude to Carrie Blissett, Maggie Garlick, Bonnie Champagne, Nellie Plouffe and the Extendicare Team. We are deeply indebted for the care provided on David's behalf.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#C/1434, Melva Eleanor (Nee Smith) Turnbull

TURNBULL, Melva Eleanor (Nee Smith) Retired RCMP C/1434.

Peacefully at The Perley and Rideau on Saturday, November 13th, 2010 after a prolonged illness. Predeceased by her husband Jack. Loving mother of John (Nancy), Robert (Donnene), and Diane.

Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren; Derek, Kristin, Michael, Erin, Adam, and Amanda-Kate, and by her friends and relatives who knew her generous, kind and caring soul.

Visitation at Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Rd. on Saturday, November 20th, from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Liturgy in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Many thanks to the staff at G1S wing at The Perley and Rideau who made her last years safe and comfortable.

Donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Ottawa.

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By: Ottawa RCMP Vets

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#22219, S/Sgt. Harris Kelly Palmer

Palmer, Harris Kelly (RCMP S/Sgt, retired) 68 years, of Halifax (previously of Coxheath, NS) passed away peacefully after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Sydney, NS in 1942, he was the son of the late Harris Harding and Janet Helen Alice (MacDougall) Palmer.

At age 19, he joined the RCMP in 1961 and served in numerous locations in Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, retiring in 1995 to enjoy precious time with his wife and true love, Beverly Grace (Green) of Whitney Pier. In 1999, they chose Coxheath, NS for their retirement home, close to family and friends.

After losing Beverly to cancer in 2007, he continued to enjoy life despite his sorrow, bravely fighting cancer himself while enjoying the company of family and friends, and a newly discovered passion, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. All will remember Kelly as a role model and a man of amazing positive energy and talents, as he touched the hearts of so many.

He is survived by his brother, Donald Palmer, Toronto; sister, Barbara Palmer, Sydney; son, Scott (companion Susan Fontaine);and grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexandra Palmer, all of Halifax; their mom, Jane (Dillman), Toronto, as well as an extensive list of close family and friends that made up his life network.

Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Welton St., Sydney, NS, on Friday from 2- 4 and 7- 9 p.m. Funeral will take place at St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Whitney Pier, on Saturday at 11 a.m., with reception to follow in the church hall.

Donations in memory can be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Bruce Estabrooks

PS: Sorry I don't have more info, just read this today.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#16602, Sgt. Thomas Foster

Retired Sgt. Thomas Woodhouse FOSTER passed away in Langley, BC on November 13th, 2010.

Tom Foster served as a Chief Petty Officer on destroyers from 1941 to 1945. After the war he opened a bakery in Kaslo, BC. He later joined the BC Provincial Police and then became a member of the RCMP in 1951 during amalgamation. He served in Crescent Valley, Nelson, Port Alice and Campbell River. In 1954 he was transferred to Fairmont Training Academy in Vancouver and then to "Depot" Division as an Academic Instructor.

In 1966, he was transferred back to Fairmont as a senior disciplinary NCO. He retired in 1971 and took employment with Brandon Construction as a Safety Officer which involved travelling all over the province.
He remained in that position until 1982 when he retired. Tom was a Life Member of the RCMP Veterans and attended regular and annual general meetings. He founded Dogwood Masonic Lodge in Aldergrove and was very active in the Masonic Order.

A memorial service is in the process of being planned by his son Tom Foster (604-922-9821). When a time, date and location of the service have been determined, a further notice will be issued. Tom Foster devoted life to helping others. He attended and helped arrange many memorial services and funerals for RCMP and BCP members.

Frank’s Facts & Funnies – 10-11-24

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Memorial Service – November 15, 2008 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg, Ontario


Some weeks ago, I was contacted by PEO 65548, Jim Becksted, Toronto Police Service. Each November, he and his mother lay a Wreath of Remembrance at the graveside of his Dad. Jim found his Dad’s name in the RCMP National Grave databank and he invited me to attend his father’s grave this year.
Jim's Dad, RCMP Reg.#13613, Cst. Clare Meredith Deeks Becksted was born on August 4, 1916 in Morrisburg, Ontario. He joined the Force on August 30, 1940 and during his service, he worked in ‘D’, The Musical Ride, ‘H’ and ‘A’ Div. He left the Force to get married on November 25, 1946.
Cst. Becksted died in Toronto on August 12, 1982 and he is buried in the family plot at Mount Peasant Cemetery in Morrisburg, Ontario.
It was an honour for me to be invited by Jim Becksted to his Dad's resting place. Some spiritual readings from the Bible were read and afterwards Jim layed the Wreath of Remembrance in memory of his Dad. Jim had the headstone and badge recently cleaned so it's a real gem, mostly due to the talents of Upper Canada Granite in Morrisburg.
 We salute Reg.#13613, Cst. Clare Meredith Deeks Becksted.

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J. J. Healy,

Last Post: William John 'Jack' Hooper

December 13, 1952 - November 12, 2010

With profound sadness, we announce the recent sudden passing of Jack Hooper at his home in Toronto. Jack is survived by his Mom and Dad, Ernest and Katherine; his wife Maureen, daughter Erin (Michael) and granddaughter Clara; son Bryan (Michelle) and granddaughter Sophia; Sister Brenda (Sam), Brother Warren (Carolyn); and Brother Gordon. Also are the siblings of Maureen who considered Jack another brother including Monna, Sharma, Lon, Jess, and Trevor as well as Jack's father-in-law, Brian. He was also well-loved by numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack will be well-remembered for his adherence to strong moral principles and work ethic through the RCMP, CSIS, and Public Mobile. Even more importantly, his love and compassion for family and friends was continuously demonstrated with his wit and sense of humour, notably with his annual Christmas letter.

Friends may visit at MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY & VISITATION CENTRE, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto (east gate entrance north of St. Clair Ave., 416.485.5572 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416.485.5572 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ), Tuesday evening, November 16, 2010 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, with funeral services to follow at the same location on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm. A reception will follow from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for friends and family to celebrate Jack's life.

A memorial service will be held in Edmonton at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to , an organization dear to his heart. Information and condolences available at .

Notice by: RCMP Vets Ottawa []

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Last Post: Reg.#19611, S/Sgt. Robert Warren Burchett

Peacefully, on November 11, 2010 at the age of 73. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Heather (nee McAskill); his children Drew, Chris and Trevor; grandchildren Zoee, Benjamin, Nolan and Maisie. Bob was born October 15, 1937 in Hespler, Ontario to Francis (Frank) and Mildred.

A proud member of the RCMP for over 25 years, he joined in 1957 at the age of 19 and served throughout "D" division (Manitoba) before transferring to Ottawa in 1978. He served as Staff Sergeant of the Training and Development branch until his untimely retirement in 1982, in the months following a brain aneurysm. Bob's passion and commitment to the RCMP was evident to all who met him, and that his eldest son followed in his footsteps was a matter of great pride.

The RCMP was truly his second family. During his retirement, Bob made countless friends with everyone he met in the halls of the National Defense Medical Centre, and, for the past 15 years, his home at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre. Our family is truly grateful for the dedication and compassion of the friends, volunteers and professionals who have assisted with Bob's care over the past 3 decades, particularly those of the Perley and Rideau.

For friends and family, a celebration of Bob's life will take place at the chapel of the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, 1750 Russell Road, on Wednesday, November 17 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Perley Rideau Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Online guestbook at

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Golden Gumshoe Graves - More Mince to the Mystery

Subject: Golden Gumshoe Graves

Hi Joe;

I may be able to cast some light on one of these graves. I worked as a CPR operator at Golden on two separate occasions in the late 1950's and the early 1960's. The railway company provided us with a caboose in which to stay which was often spotted on a track in a gravel pit by the oil tanks where the grave of William Ross, NWMP was located, as the Mystery article states.

The author of "Golden Gumshoes" mentions that the grave was moved in 1955 but perhaps he is mistaken because it was still there on the two above occasions that I worked at Golden; a wooden marker with a neat little wooden picket fence around it, both unpainted.

I wanted to show friends the gravesite when I was at Golden about 6 weeks ago (October 2010), but of course it has been moved. My research as to where it had gone led me to this article in Joe's Buffalo Board.

My understanding of what happened is based on something I read somewhere perhaps "The National Dream" by Pierre Berton. I think, there was a New Year's Eve dance to be held at Donald that night and Ross, wanting to attend, waited to grab a ride there on a train from Golden. Bear in mind that the track had only reached Donald at the end of the construction season in the fall of 1884 and there was no regular train service west of Alberta. So the only trains would be the odd supply train at this time and season. It would be a case of \"catch-as-can-catch".

Anyway, after a long wait at Golden no train arrived and Ross set out to walk to Donald, about 15 miles North. Not unusual in those days when people were used to walking long distances. Anyway, it turned very cold and Ross was found frozen to death betweem Golden and Donald, (not Palliser which is East of Golden).

Ross is now buried in the Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery at Golden with the standard Mounted Police headstone. His date of death is given as January 1st, 1885, whereas I think his original grave was marked December 31st 1884.

Type in "Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery, Golden, East Kootenays, B.C. Canada" for the internment list.

Hope this might clarify things,

PS: **Although there is the descrepancy between the place of death and the date of moving of Ross's remains to their final resting place.

Doug Turner
Burnaby, B.C.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reg.# 4308, Robert George Watson

I've attached a 1914 photo (turned into a postcard) of my great uncle Robert George Watson taken just before Lord Strathcona's Horse Regiment left to fight in theWWI as part of the CEF. My great uncle is seated on the left hand side.

Given the historical relationship between Lord Strathcona's Horse and the RCMP, I thought it might be of some interest to you - or the family members of those others in the photo (I don't have any names).

Watson was wounded three times in that service including a gunshot wound to the head. Fortunately, he was able to return to service after they put a plate in his head. He was promoted to corporal while serving.

It was a very difficult service (487 went over and 800+ were killed or wounded). He was quite disturbed by the horror of that war when he returned home.

I just recently encountered your site. I think it's a wonderful thing.

Yours truly,

C. Watson
C Watson []

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#17949, Sgt. John Michael Hilash

I am sad to announce that John Michael Hilash (one of my Squad Mates) passed away on November 13th, 2010 at Edmonton, AB. I attended his service.

John joined the Force on November 10, 1952. He was posted to a variety of jobs including 'O', 'A' & 'HQ' Div. He retired from Security Service on October 19, 1983. He was a Life Member of the Edmonton Vets. Association.

John has been laid to rest at Grave 4, Block 7, Section 2 of the Rose Hill Cemetery in Edmonton, AB.

Yours truly,

Ian Brownlee
Vets. Calgary  Div.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Who am I?

Guess my idenity. Who am I?

I joined the NWMP in its early days. I was born and lived in a capital city in eastern Canada.  I lied about my real idenity so that I could join the Force. Eventually, I was the first NCO to receive an annual pension from the Force.

Now it's 2010. Superintendent Brian Brennan, OIC Federal Policing Services in 'H' Div. is an avid historian and he has caught on to me. He knows my real name and the story behind the story.

Who am I?

Buffalo Joe Healy

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