The Military Service Files database includes an entry for all individuals identified in the military service files and/or military service ledgers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and Newfoundland Forestry Companies the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and Newfoundland Forestry Companies duplicate remove, held by The Rooms Provincial Archives as part of GN 19 Newfoundland military service records (Great War) collection.

Included are the over 6700 members of the First Newfoundland Regiment (later "Royal") and the Newfoundland Forestry Companies, including officers, other ranks, Drum and Bugle Corps, attached specialists and special duty assignments.

An individual's complete service file is attached where available. Service files do not exist for all individuals identified in the records. In this instance, a database record was created based on content recorded in the Military Service ledgers.

Using the Military Service Files database

The records are keyword searchable and sortable based on the column headings: Name, Community, Service number, Age at enlistment, Next of kin, Occupation, Active date, Date of death and Religion. POW status and Fatality status are yes/no searchable fields.

  • To search for a specific individual, enter their name and/or service number.
  • To view the attached service file, click on the individual's name.
  • To view details of an individual's commendations, select the pdf file at the right
  • To sort the results of a large search, click on the column heading.
  • To search for Prisoners of War, use the keyword POW.
  • Notes concerning variant names, misfiled documents, additional service, etc. are included as required.

For additional information, including military service ledgers, photographs, personal papers, wills and other documents contact The Rooms Provincial Archives Reference Room or 709-757-8088.

Or search the Provincial Archives on-line Descriptions Database at


Name Community Service Number Age of Enlistment Next of Kin Occupation Active Date Religion Fatality PoW Date of Death Commendationssort ascending Notes
FRENCH, William 67 Merrymeeting Road, St. John's 2581 21 William French (p) Cooper 1916 Salvation Army No No
DAWE, Wilfred 131 Gower Street, St. John's 184 19 Charles Dawe (p) Clerk 1914 Church of England (Anglican) No Yes POW Date: 1917
MURPHY, Michael James 22 Williams Street, St. John's 0-238 - 70 34 Catherine Murphy (p) Druggist 1914 Roman Catholic No No
GILLINGHAM, Kenneth J. St. John's 2037 18 William Gillingham (p) Electrician 1915 No No
PELLEY, Sydney W. 233 Hamilton Avenue, St. John's 2713 19 Sidney Pelley (p) Grocer 1916 No No
MANNING, George 35 Shelf Street, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom 3305 24 Mrs. George Manning (s) Cook 1916 Methodist No No
LIDSTONE, Walter John Topsail Road, St. John's 8215 19 William Lidstone (p) Labourer 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
COLBOURNE, Victor Lushes Bight, Long Island, Twillingate District 3360 19 James Colbourne (p) Fisherman 1916 Methodist No No
GREEN, William Joseph 39 Water Street, St. John's 320 21 Angela Green (o) Labourer 1914 Roman Catholic No No
BOONE, Zenas Walter Burnt Arm, Botwood, Twillingate District 1898 21 Frederick Boone(p) Lumberman 1915 Methodist No No
TAVERNER, Chester George Little Bay, Twillingate District 3002 21 21 Teacher 1916 Methodist No No Previously transcribed as Tavernor; signature is Taverner
HIGGINS, John Spaniards Bay, Harbour Grace District 5438 21 Reuben Higgins (p) Miner 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No Also served with the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, # 1398X
THOMS, Michael Little Bay, Twillingate District 5532 23 John Thoms (p) Farmer 1918 Roman Catholic No No
HISCOCK, William Winterton, Trinity District 4101 18 Jasper Hiscock (p) Fisherman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
HINCHEY, John Northern Bay, Bay de Verde District 8105 21 Philip Hinchy (o) Labourer 1917 Roman Catholic No No
BAKER, Esau Bishops Falls, Twillingate District 3696 29 Sarah Baker (s) Fisherman 1917 Salvation Army Yes No Monday, December 3, 1917
GRANDY, Roy Stanley Bay L'Argent, Fortune District 0-233 - 662 20 Sarah Ann Grandy (p) Fireman 1914 No No Follows # 247 on microfilm. Attached to Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force) 1916 - 1919.
WICKS, William T. Jacksons Arm, St. Barbe District 8429 44 Emma Wicks (s) Lumberman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
COYSH, William George St. John's 2038 20 Capt. George Coysh (o) Machinist 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No Variant spelling of name - Coish
ENGLAND, John W. Brigus, Port de Grave District 5638 25 Thomas England (o) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
MERCER, Charles 32 McKay Street, St. John's 3820 18 Isaac Mercer (p) Blacksmith 1917 Salvation Army No No
MACLEOD, Neil St. John's 841 19 Mrs. Mathew Peckham (o) Butcher 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Thursday, October 12, 1916
PIKE, Willoughby Crabbes, St Georges District 3762 26 Mrs. John Pike (p) Fisherman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
FORSEY, Charles Gambo, Bonavista District 3651 26 Florence Forsey (s) Lumberman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
HOWLETT, C. No information 0-153 1914 No No Attestation papers not included; not in service ledger.
LERICHE, James Hubert Port aux Basques, Burgeo-LaPoile District 2462 18 John LeRiche (p) Carpenter 1916 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Sunday, January 28, 1917
CLOUSTON, Thomas Quidi Vidi Road, St. John's 4370 18 John W. Clouston (p) Clerk 1918 Presbyterian No No
LOYTE, Harvey Twillingate, Twillingate District 6181 21 William Loyte (p) Coasting 1918 Methodist No No forms completed as Loyte, signature may be Layte
CAMPBELL, Allan Little River, St. George District 5695 25 Katherine Campbell (p) Farmer 1918 Roman Catholic No No
CRITCH, William St. Anthony, St. Barbe District 4926 21 William Critch (p) Fisherman 1918 Salvation Army No No
HALIBURTON, Gordon Port au Port, St. George District 3893 18 Henry Haliburton (p) Student 1917 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Friday, April 19, 1918
BURSEY, Reuben Old Perlican, Trinity Bay, Bay de Verde District 5998 20 Matilda Bursey (p) Fisherman 1918 Methodist No No
MALEY, William Nagles Hill, St. John's 5058 21 Patrick Maley (p) Farmer 1918 Roman Catholic No No
RYAN, Thomas Brown Jerseyside, Placentia, Placentia-St. Marys District 260 19 Albert J. Ryan (p) Office clerk 1914 Roman Catholic No No
WEARHAM - WAREHAM, Roland Shoe Cove, Twillingate District 4043 19 Elsie Hodder (p) Fisherman 1917 Methodist No No Variant spelling of name - Wareham Microfilmed file includes two unrelated files: WASS Ruth Edna, Nursing Sister, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service, 18838-R-8 (10 pages) and BUTLER George William 3rd Reserve Royal Warwickshire Regiment 28732 (29 pages). Content was not included in Wearham's scanned file.
TURNER, Frank C. New Branches, Southside Road, St. John's 2653 19 G.E. Turner (p) Engineering 1916 Methodist No No
MATTHEWS, Nathan A. Burgeo, Burgeo-LaPoile District 5072 25 William Matthews (p) Clerk 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
RICE, John Joseph St. John's 1062 26 Bridget Rice (s) Expressman 1915 Roman Catholic Yes No Saturday, July 1, 1916
DOOLEY, Francis Joseph St. John's 818 20 Francis Dooley (p) Tailor 1914 Roman Catholic No No
MURPHY, Francis Placentia, Placentia-St. Mary's District 2585 19 Mrs. F. Wall (o) Lumberman 1916 Roman Catholic No No
CASHIN, Gregory Gambo, Bonavista District 4918 22 Richard Cashin (p) Fisherman 1918 Roman Catholic No No
PIKE, Arthur Carbonear, Carbonear District 4855 29 Sarah Pike (p) Draper 1918 Methodist No No
MARCH, Hugh Campbells Creek, St. George District 4874 18 Sarah March (p) Fisherman 1918 Roman Catholic No No Discrepancy in name: Marsh.
PYNN, Fred Harbour Grace, Harbour Grace District 4701 18 Willis Pynn (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
ANTHONY, William Charles Seldom Come By, Fogo District 3139 23 Samuel Anthony (p) Fisherman 1916 Methodist No No
THOMPSON, Thomas G. Point Leamington, Twillingate District 8132 23 Leonard E. Thompson (p) Lumberman and mill man 1917 Salvation Army No No
VAIL, Michael St. John's 155 21 John Vail (p) Policeman 1914 Roman Catholic No No
BENNETT, Peter Francis St. John's 770 21 Joseph Bennett (p) Labourer 1914 Roman Catholic Yes No Saturday, April 14, 1917
SEWARD, Fred T. Cupids, Port de Grave District 4982 20 James Walsh (o) Fisherman 1918 Methodist Yes No Wednesday, February 12, 1919 Variant spelling of name - Seaward.
BUCKLEY, Leo 52 Bannister Street, St. John's 4790 22 Richard Buckley (p) Fisherman 1918 Roman Catholic No No