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Friday, January 21, 2011

A Review of NWMP History - What's in a Name?

Some names in Canadian history are more famous than others. Take Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald,  for instance. Or, Louis Riel, Sam Steele, C.D. Howe, Ann  Murray and Avril Lavigne or Romeo Dallaire. Few people will forget Canada's memorable hockey star Paul Henderson. 

Other names in Canadian history are equally deserving to be remembered even though they might not have received wide public acclaim. Here's one. A man once joined the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) as an Officer in 1882.

One of the responsibilities of Reg.#O.47 was to act as Coroner at the hanging of Louis Riel which took place at 'Depot' Division. 'Depot' was also this Officer's job site.

Officer #0.47 was a medical surgeon. After a short career of eleven years with the NWMP, Officer #0.47 retired in 1893 and he returned to the West Coast of Canada.

O.47 is the holder of a unique record in the Force. He is the oldest member recorded in present records. He was born in India on October 30, 1821 and he passed away in 1905 in Vancouver.

Officer Reg.#0.47 is Augustus Louis Jukes, MD. It's Canadian history.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy

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