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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1876-2007
Languages English
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  • Library and Archives Canada describes this collection and other places where more information about Royal Canadian Mounted Police may be found.
RCMP Heritage Collections Unit, Regina

What is in this Collection?

This collection includes records from 1867 to 2007.
These records include Royal Canadian Mounted Police death records found in Royal Canadian Mounted Police publications, including an index to some of the obituaries.

This collection is a memorial to those Royal Canadian Mounted Police who died while in service. Secondly, it is a collection of publications sent to living officers to inform them of the deaths of fellow officers.

The index was created by a retired officer, Norman G. Wilson, who wished to make the obituaries more accessible to family members and researchers.

These publications and the accompanying index only include the records of those officers whose deaths were reported to the publications.

Among records of Canadian governmental officials are the personnel files of more than 40,000 former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Structured along military lines, this organization was established as the North West Mounted Police in 1873 to bring law and order to the region between the Red River Valley of the North and the Rocky Mountains.

Although they have sometimes been involved in military actions, such as helping to suppress the North West Rebellion of 1885, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police members now comprise the national police force of Canada. They also contract with provinces other than Quebec and Ontario to provide police protection on a provincial level.

  • 1876–1971 Deaths of Royal Canadian Mounted Police killed while on duty, taken from S.W. Horrell's The Pictoral History of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Toronto, Ontario: McGraw–Hill Ryerson, 1973).
  • 1919–1997 Scarlet and Gold (Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans' Association) publication including an historical honor roll of officers killed while on duty and more current obituaries. Honor roll contains deaths prior to 1919.
  • 1933–2007 Digital images of an obituary card index for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and digital images of the obituary sections of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police publications the index refers to.
  • 1976–1994 Pony Express: Staff Relations Branch Newsletter

Scarlet and Gold and the Pictoral History of of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are lists of officers killed while in the line of duty. These lists are in chronological order. Some obituaries are included in these records.

The obituary card index is arranged alphabetically by surname. This index covers the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Quarterly beginning with Volume 1, July 1933. Not all deaths are covered by this publication. If the Quarterly was not advised of a death, no obituary was printed.

Surnames in the index are followed by given name or initials and possibly nicknames. The second column holds the regimental number for the individual. Regimental numbers may be preceded by the following letters:

  • O=Officer Number
  • R=Reserve Constable
  • S=Special Constable
  • M=Marine Member
  • C=Civilian Member

The third column lists the rank of the officer when he or she took their discharge, or when then died in service.

The final two columns indicate the Volume and Issue number of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Quarterly where an obituary was printed. Use these numbers to access the digital images found within this collection.

The following abbreviations may be found on an index card:

  • CST = Constable
  • CPL = Corporal
  • SGT = Sergeant
  • S/SGT = Staff Sergeant
  • S/M = Sergeant Major
  • INSP = Inspector
  • C/S/M = Corps Sergeant Major
  • SPL = Special
  • S/S/M = Staff Sergeant Major
  • SUPT = Superintendent
  • VET = Veterinarian
  • ASST = Assistant
  • COMM'R = Commissioner
  • C/M = Civilian Member
  • R/ = Reserve
  • M/ = Marine
  • HON = Honorary

For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Records may include the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age at death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Residence at time of death
  • Brief description of service

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of death of your ancestor.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page: in
To search this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse Images" on the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Publication, Years and Volume" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information found on the obituary card index to locate the actual death certificate.
  • Use the information found on the obituary card index to search census records.
  • Use the information found on the obituary card index to search for church records.
  • Use the information found on the obituary card index to search for funeral home records.
  • Use the information found on the obituary card index to search additional county records.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police obituary card index and notices, 1876-2007." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing RCMP Heritage Collections Unit, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Image Citation:

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