Constable Albert Joseph Chartrand was born in 1905 at Ottawa, Ontario. He joined the Force in 1926 and worked as crew on board the St. Roch for fifteen years.
Constable Chartrand died of a heart attack on board the St. Roch at the age of 37 years. He is buried at Pasley Bay, Western Arctic.
Upcoming Presentation for Vets by a Friend of the Force
Guest speaker, Doreen
Larsen Riedel is the daughter of Henry Larsen who was Captain of the Mounties’
Arctic schooner 'St. Roch' that 70 years ago this fall, arrived in HalifaxNova
Scotia. It had left VancouverBC
in June 1940 and passed by way of the Northwest Passage.
placed the ship and her crew in the annals of world Maritime history as the
first ship to traverse the NWP from West to East . Two years later, Captain
Larsen and the St. Roch crew became the first to successfully transit the more northerly
deepwater route from East to West. Later the St. Roch became the first ship to
circumnavigate North America.
so, the exploits of that ship, which was a floating RCMP detachment, and her
crew are largely unknown by most Canadians.
During this 70th anniversary year, Doreen Riedel will focus on one particular member of the crew of that 1940-42 voyage. The hard life of members of the Force in the Arctic so many years ago can be remembered by some Veterans of the Force, but it should also serve as an inspiration to all of us.
presentation will be at 7:30PM on February 14, 2012 at the Regular General Meeting in Ottawa.
Ms Riedel's session will have some very sad moments but it will have a surprising and
Ms Doreen Riedel will feel at home during her presentation and she will be welcome among all Vets.
I just checked your most recent
entries on your "Blog" section and read your article on Reg.#14608
Allan Kenneth McRae.
I knew Allan when he was the Chief
of Police at Kentville, NS. He often spoke of his days in the RCMP. He
mentioned that he had also taken a course through the American Institution,
"Institute of Applied Science". I was not aware of his Military
I lastly talked to Allan when we were having a coffee at a local shop.
I lost track of him after that day and it was only recently that I spoke to
the Mayor of Kentville, in an effort to determine where Allan might be.
I am, indeed, sorry to learn of his
passing in 2003 but, now I know and I wish to thank everyone who helped to make
this information available.
Reg.# #29185 (Rtd.) Sgt. James Patrick "Pat" McKernan. March 21, 1950
- January 18, 2012.
Pat was a member of the Force from 1971-08-16 until his retirement on 1995-01-18. All of Pats service was in “E” Div.
It is with great love and heavy hearts that we
announce the peaceful passing of James Patrick (Pat) McKernan on Wednesday,
January 18, 2012 at the age of 61 years. Although his life here with us was
much shorter than any of us had hoped, Pat lived a very full, meaningful and
vibrant life and will be remembered above all as a devoted family man.
survived by his beloved wife of thirty-eight years, Lucille (Lucy) McKernan,
children Jenn (Jeff), Shaun (Casi), Ryan (Lisa), grandchildren Max, Sam, Maddie,
Ellie, Brody and Shelby, and siblings Michael (Cindy), Gerry (Chris), Dennis
(Nana), Maureen, Kevin (Dana), and Tim (Linda).
He was predeceased by his
parents Lillian Margaret (Betsy) and Reginald McKernan and twin granddaughters
Katherine Diane and Emma Grace Stephenson.
Relatives and friends are invited to
Prayer Service Mass at St. Michael Catholic Community Church (800 - 85 Street
S.W.) on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S
Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, January
26, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com .
lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Brain Tumour Foundation
of Canada, 620 Colborne Street, Suite 301, London, Ontario, Canada N6B 3R9
(Toll Free 1-800-265-5106). In living memory of Pat McKernan, a tree will be
planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Question:What is the obvious clue in Mr. Bowen's photo which attracted the attention of our Toronto Vets and especially the eye of lead investigator Jack O'Reilly?
Answer: The shadow of a grave which never gave up its secret!
In the shadow of Mr. Bowen's grave was the final underground resting place of NWMP, Reg.#3887, Constable William Hayward.
The 'Mystery of the Mountie's Grave
which Required Minimal Maintenance'
In the investigation of a criminal case, particularily a serious one, it's not unusual that its forward momentum should stall -- for example, witnesses disappear or some are uncooperative.
In the most serious of cases which are not solved, the Criminal Operations Officer (CROPS) brings in a fresh team of investigators to review the entire case. The team questions themselves: 'What might have been overlooked?'
In the 'Mystery of the Mountie's Grave which Required Minimal Maintenance', the new team is most likely to ask this single question: 'Would this Mystery have been solved much sooner if, just if, neighbour Mr. Bowen had been interviewed?
As it turned out, Mr. Bowen's statement was not required. The case was solved by traditional means: hard work by our Toronto Vets and Jack O'Reilly!
Constable Elliott joined the Force in 1893. Not unlike most of us, he probably convinced his family that he had all the right intentions to do well in the NWMP. One should not diss a recruit's potential, for Elliott may have thought he might one day be a Commissioner.
It's true, that after engagement, he was given 'plum assignments' in 'K' Div., Maple Creek and Fort Macleod. However, not long after he joined, it seems that Constable Elliott found himself, let's say 'an Officer's obstruction'. He found himself in Service Court more often than a basket ball bounces in Boston.
Service Court: 19/01/1894. 'Leave stable dirty' - Fine $1 - Comm'r., Regina, SK.
Service Court: 03/03/1894. 'Malinger' - 14 days Confined to Barracks - Commissioner
Service Court: 17/04/1894. 'Talking during parade' - 2 days Confined to Barracks - Supt. Gagnon.
Service Court: 12/06/1894 'Absent' - Fine $1.00 - Supt. Steele
Service Court: 05/05/1895. 'Neglect duty' - Fine $1.00 - Supt. Steele.
Service Court: 07/01/1895. 'Neglect duty' - Fine $1.00 - Supt. Steele.
Service Court: 16/12/1895. 'Neglect duty' - Fine $10.00 - Supt. Steele
Service Court: 31/05/1896. 'Fail attend to saddle' - 3 days Confined to Barracks - Supt. Steele.
Service Court: 02/06/1896. 'Contract debts' - 28 Days Confined to Barracks & pay promptly - Supt. Steele
Service Court: 20/06/1897. 'Neglect duty' - 7 days Confined to Barracks - Supt. Steele.
Service Court: 13/07/1897. 'Absent' - Admonished - Supt. Steele.
Service Court: 22/12/1897. 'Neglect duty' - Fine $1.00 - Supt. Steele.
Service Court: 07/09/1898. 'Have dirty harness' - Fine $1.00 - Insp. Cuthbert.
Constable Elliott was SOS: 'struck off strength' in 1899.
Former Constable John Duncan Anderson passed away unexpectedly at home of
natural causes on Thursday, January 12, 2012.
Predeceased by Lenore, his
beloved wife 52 years; brother Robert; and sister Barbara. Loving father of
Mark and Megan; proud "papa" to Caillen and Charlotte; and uncle to
John and Greg Newman.
Born on August 22, 1929 in Claresholm, Alberta, John
lived a full and rich life in his 83 years, happily spending the last 17 of
them living in Burlington, Ontario.
In keeping with his wishes there will be no
funeral service and a celebration of his life will take place in the spring. In
lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to your charity of
Toronto Vet Jack O'Reilly says: John's son Mark informs me that his Dad served his five year RCMP term then left to the Toronto Police Force for a number of years.
Deacon Frank Sirianni passed away peacefully into the loving arms of God with his family by his
side on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the Brampton Civic Hospital. Deacon
Frank Sirianni, beloved husband of Paulette.
Loving father of Annette and
Sylvio Chaumont, Marie and Dubravko Vincak, Anthony Sirianni and Danielle and
Barrett Mucci. Sadly missed by his granddaughters Samantha and Sirianna.
was an RCMP Officer from 1972 to 1998 and became a Deacon in the Roman Catholic
Church in 2004.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home 114
Main St. Milton 905-878-4452 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Sunday.
The Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Parish 115 Vodden St. Brampton
on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
to Chalice would be appreciated by the family.
The photo of the North Battleford members you published in Frank’s Facts & Funnies on September 21, 2011 and the question regarding no spurs raised by Ric Hall peaked my interest.
I have a book entitled: "Uniforms of the Canadian Mounted Police" by
James J. Boulton that was published in North Battleford in 1990 and there is an article on "Spurs" on page 292 under the heading Brown Uniform’s – A Sign of the 1930’s.
In brief, the 1930’s article states that "no alteration to the officer’s uniform produced more problem for the Board than the question of spurs". The article goes on to say that ….."under modern conditions the wearing of spurs is often a real handicap" and "when travelling in or driving a car or when performing any dismounted duty, spurs are a hindrance". It also says that "there are a number of Divisions in the Force in which spurs are no longer issued to the men…..and consequently it would look incongruous for an officer to parade in spurs with the men who are not wearing spurs".
I think this article now explains why the members in the North Battleford photo are not wearing spurs.
The best I could do is that the photo was taken in 1938 at North Battleford just after the parade through town.
The attached photo should help a bit. The Silver Jubilee North Battleford 1938 photo (sold on Ebay) states the officer is Commanding Inspector Briggs. There are 14 members on parade and (when blown up) a couple are recognizable to your original photo which also has 14 members. The picture is very pixilated when blown up too large, but several can be seen with no spurs. The event would have been the Silver Jubilee Incorporation of North Battleford as a City. (North Battleford was incorporated as village in 1906, a town in 1907 and a city (with population 5000) in 1913.) The photo was sold on ebay 11/03/2006. I do not know who purchased the photo. The photo was most likely taken after the parade.
Dust on Boots? Just came off parade on non paved streets.
Spurs? My best guess, many members did not wear spurs while driving vehicles, especially motorcycles. See the Popular Science article attached.
I was checkingyour web site this morning in preparation for a briefing I have to give
the Manitoba RCMP Vets Executive later this morning.The first member's grave site I queried was
Arnold Eugene Carver.I delivered the
eulogy at Arnie's service as he was my first Det. Cmdr and God-Father
to our daughter.Arnie was a Sgt when he
retired in 'D' Division.
I am the Project Manager for the Manitoba Vets Grave
Inspection Project.Our project is in
it's preliminary stage as I'm just gathering information at the moment.I hope to be meet, in the near future, with
the 'D' Div. representative responsible for the delivery and oversight of the
Force's Grave inspection Program to ascertain the status of the program as it
is currently delivered in Manitoba.
If you have the ability to produce a list for me of the
members recorded within your db who are buried in Manitoba it would certainly
be appreciated.It will give us a place
to start.Please let me know if there is
anything we can do for you out here in Manitoba to support your database.
SOURCE: THE BUFFALO BLOTTER North West Mounted Police: Service Court. On August 30, 1895, Constable Charles Parry appeared before Officer Inspector Wood.
The charge: 'Improper dress, did neglect horse, was absent from detachment, did associate with woman of ill fame and was short 525 lbs of oats' - Disposition: Two months Hard Labour and pay for oats. No alibi. No appeal. 'Maintain Our Memories'