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Genealogical and Family History Information: List of Names

Regimental and unit histories abound for the Northwest Campaign. What follows is a sample of some of the published books that include lists of names or works that provide detailed, eyewitness accounts for specific units. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it will serve to emphasize that unit histories are an important resource for the study of family history.

Attempts have been made to publish a complete list of all those who served in the North West in 1885. While it is impossible to determine how complete (or incomplete) these lists are, they are useful just the same to check a name.

Boulton, [Charles Arkoll]. - Reminiscences of the North-West Rebellions : with a record of the raising of Her Majesty's 100th Regiment in Canada and a chapter on Canadian social and political life. - Toronto : Grip, 1886. - 531 P. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 30379

  • Reprinted, in part, as I fought Riel : a military memoir, Heather Robertson, ed. (Toronto : J. Lorimer, 1985), 225 P. The reprint does not include the useful lists of names.

Books on specific units are also very useful in this regard and often include rosters, lists of officers and other ranks, biographical sketches, and lists of casualties.

Chambers, Ernest J. - Histoire du 65ème Régiment Carabiniers Mont-Royal. - Montréal : Cie. d'Imprimerie Guertin, 1906. - P. 143-151. - (Notes biographiques). - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 71849

____. - The Governor General's Body Guard. - Toronto : E.L. Ruddy, 1902. - P. 122-127. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 71144

____. - The 90th Regiment : a regimental history of the 90th Regiment, Winnipeg Rifles. - [S.l. : s.n.], 1906. - P. 48, 53-55, 95-96. - Reproduced in microform format: Peel bibliography on microfiche, no. 1862

____. - The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada : a history of a splendid regiment's origin, development and services, including a story of patriotic duties well performed in three campaigns. - Toronto : E.L. Ruddy, 1901. - P. 148-156. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 71143

Champion, Thomas E. - History of the 10th Royals and of the Royal Grenadiers. - Toronto : Hunter, Rose, 1896. - P. 160-161, 262-264. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 00552

Tolton, Gordon E. - The Rocky Mountain Rangers : Southern Alberta's cowboy cavalry in the North West Rebellion 1885. - L. Gregory Ellis, ed. - Lethbridge, Alta. : Lethbridge Historical Society, 1994. - 93 P. - (Occasional paper no. 28)

Other books are useful for what the authors tell us about the day-to-day activities of a particular unit. While the publications noted below do not contain lists of names, individuals are identified by name, especially casualties.

* Daoust, Charles R. - One hundred and twenty days of active service : a complete historical narrative of the campaign of the 65th in the North West. - Wetaskiwin, Alta. : Privately printed, 1982. - 176 P. - Also published in French under the title: Cent-vingt jours de service actif : récit historique très complet de la campagne du 65ième au Nord-Ouest

Laidlaw, Alexander. - From the St. Lawrence to the North Saskatchewan : being some incidents connected with the Detachment of "A" Battery, Regt. Canadian Artillery, who composed part of the North West Field Force in the Rebellion of 1885. - Halifax : [s.n.], 1885. - 43 P. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 92684

The log : containing an account of the 7th Fusiliers' trip from London, Ont., to Clark's Crossing, N.W.T.; also, the official reports of the officers in charge of boats. - London, Ont. : Free Press Print Co., 1888. - 47 P. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 93196

Sherlock, Robert A. - Experiences of the Halifax Battalion in the North-West - Halifax : Printed by J.W. Doley, 1885 - 23 P. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 30601

  • Reprinted, edited by Donald E. Graves (Alexandria Bay, N.Y. : Museum Restoration Service, 1985), 28 P. 

The North West Mounted Police (NWMP) played a pivotal role in the development of western Canada in the latter decades of the 19th century. A large number of Mounted Policemen served in the various units organized for the Northwest Campaign; several lost their lives and many were wounded. Postings and casualties have been listed in the following publications:

Report of the Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police Force, 1885. - Sessional paper, no. 8a. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1886. - P. 34, 38, 90 and 96-97. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 8a

  • Reprinted, in part, as Settlers and rebels : being the official reports to Parliament of the activities of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, 1882-1885, (Toronto : Coles Pub., 1973).

  • Also includes lists of persons charged as a result of the Rebellion (Appendix O, p. 98-125).

Wallace, Jim. - A trying time : the North-West Mounted Police in the 1885 Rebellion - Winnipeg : Bunker to Bunker Books, 1998. - P. 212-230

Members of the militia and the NWMP who served in the Northwest Campaign were eligible to receive the North West Canada Medal. The names of medal recipients can be found in two books:

Klancher, Donald J. - The North West Mounted Police and the North West Rebellion. - Kamloops, B.C : Mounted Police Research and Consulting, 1997, revised 1999. - 109 p.

Wilson, Barbara. - Military General Service, 1793-1814 (Canadian recipients), Egypt Medal, 1882-1889 (Canadian recipients), North West Canada, 1885 : index to the medal rolls. - London : Spink, 1975. -- 191 p.

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