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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 archives@therooms.ca or 709-757-8088.

Or search the Provincial Archives on-line Descriptions Database at https://www.therooms.ca/archives.

 

Name Community Service Number Age of Enlistment Next of Kin Occupation Active Datesort descending Religion Fatality PoW Date of Death Commendations Notes
GOWANS, Thomas Crawford 6 Carnell St, St. John's 1177 23 Maggie Martin Gowans (p) Brakeman 1915 Presbyterian No No
ELLIOTT, William Skeffington Newmans Cove, Bonavista District 1073 20 Albert Elliott (p) School teacher 1915 Methodist Yes No Saturday, July 1, 1916
HOUSE, Arthur Port Saunders, St. Barbe District 1946 18 Ida House (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
WARREN, Alexander Open Hall, Bonavista District 1413 22 Hannah Warren (p) Pulp maker 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No Yes POW Date: 1917
HENNESSEY, James John Kelligrews, Harbour Main District 1257 18 Patience Hennessey (p) Blacksmith 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
KING, Samuel Hermitage Bay, Fortune District 1829 23 Henry King (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
BURSEY, Frederick John Clarenville, Trinity District 1348 21 Reuben Bursey (p) Railroader 1915 Methodist No No Contains a letter from Reuben Bursey about the death of his son (unidentified), and also from Mrs. Bursey about sending parcels to POWs. These letters likely refer to # 2381 Goliath Bursey, brother of Frederick John Bursey.
EZEKIEL, John J. St. Marys, Placentia-St. Marys District 1751 22 Paul Ezekiel (p) Fisherman 1915 Roman Catholic No No Some items re-filmed, see beginning of reel 117.
MUGFORD, George Codroy, St. George District 1943 19 Celina Mugford (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Thursday, February 24, 1916
MANUEL, Samuel W. Exploits, Twillingate District 0-70 - 1204 22 Mary Jane Manuel (p) 1915 Yes No Sunday, March 4, 1917
SELLARS, Henry Harbour Grace, Harbour Grace District 1414 22 Fannie Sellars (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Monday, October 14, 1918
PARSONS, Reuben Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace District 1633 23 Richards Parsons Sr. (of Joseph) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
MCGRATH, John J. St. John's 983 19 Mrs. J. Eagan (p) Car cleaner 1915 Roman Catholic No No
SNOW, Francis Joseph St. John's 1381 Box maker 1915 Roman Catholic No Yes POW Date: 1917
GREENING, Garland Musgravetown. Bonavista District 1506 19 Alexandra Greening (p) Lumberman 1915 Methodist No No
DUNPHY, Thomas Joseph 12 New Gower Street, St. John's 0-290 - 1438 20 Eliza Dunphy (p) Paper maker 1915 Roman Catholic No No PDF Includes only partial attestation papers.
HOLLETT, George Albert Pouch Cove, St. John's East District 1841 19 Thomas Hollett (p) Farmer 1915 Methodist No No
LILLY, Raymond R. W. Bedford, England, United Kingdom 1828 20 Ida Isabelle Lilly (p) Bank clerk 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
LANE, Gideon Harland Jamestown, Bonavista District 1482 19 Thomas Lane (p) Fisherman 1915 Methodist Yes Yes POW Date: 1917 Contains document relating the circumstances of the deaths of service #2616, Pte. C. Snow; #815, Pte. A. Cummings; and #1525, Pte. George Attwood while POWs
YETMAN, Nathan Bell Island, St. John's East District 1700 20 John Yetman (p) Miner 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No PDF
SAMMS, William Thomas Codroy, St. George District 2049 22 Mrs. J. Bragg (p) Fireman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
LUFF, Elias Campbellton, Twillingate District 1347 21 Lydia Luff (p) Labourer 1915 Methodist No No
BURT, Eric St. John's 1152 19 Jemima Burt (p) Labourer 1915 Methodist Yes No Tuesday, October 9, 1917
TULK, Hubert Ladle Cove, Fogo District 1590 Mary Anne Tulk (p) Fisherman 1915 Methodist No No
ROWE, Chesley Hearts Content, Trinity District 989 19 William Rowe (p) Carpenter 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
JESSO, Arthur Daisley Bay of Islands, St. George District 1459 25 Rose Madore Jesso (s)) Fisherman 1915 Roman Catholic No No
BELLOWS, Stewart Curling, St. George District 1430 19 Roberts Bellows (p) Carter 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Monday, August 14, 2017 Discrepancy in spelling of name: Bellowse, Bellowes; CWGC records Bellows
TILLEY, William Joseph Kelligrews, Harbour Main District 1224 22 William Tilley (p) Clerk 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No Originally enlisted with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment; transferred to Newfoundland Forestry Companies Sept. 1917. Discrepancy in name: William Joseph on Regiment attestation; William John in service ledger.
CLARKE, Allan Botwood, Twillingate District 1655 30 Amos Clarke (p) Labourer 1915 Methodist No No
POWER, Michael Port Rexton, Trinity district 1200 26 William Power (p) Fisherman 1915 Roman Catholic No No
MYER, Albert John St. John's 1143 19 Julia Myer (p) Cooper 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Saturday, July 14, 1917 Newspaper clipping reporting his death by drowning upon return to Newfoundland included. Died 14 July, 1917. CWGC
HILLIARD, Silas New Harbour, Trinity District 1970 18 Alexander Hilliard (p) Lumberman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Friday, August 24, 1917
RIGGS, Frederick Michael St. Pierre and Miquelon, France 1059 19 Lavinia Riggs (p) Student 1915 Roman Catholic No No
MERCER, Robert Blaketown, Trinity District 1928 24 Eloil Mercer (p) Oiler 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Saturday, July 1, 1916
CAINES, Walter Port Saunders, St. Barbe District 1954 18 Michael Caines (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
KNOWLING, William A. Little River, Codroy Valley, St. George District 1693 18 George Knowling (p) Farmer 1915 Roman Catholic Yes No Saturday, April 14, 1917
PHELAN, William A. Merrymeeting Road, St. John's 2001 18 James Phelan (p) Checker 1915 Roman Catholic Yes No Thursday, October 12, 1916
HAINES, Albert Jamestown, Bonavista District 1110 20 Rosanne Haines (p) Lumberman 1915 Methodist Yes No Saturday, July 1, 1916
WALSH, James J. Placentia, Placentia-St. Mary's District 918 19 Bridget Walsh (p) Fisherman 1915 Roman Catholic No No
BARTER, Alexander Cape La Hune, Burgeo-LaPoile District 1563 22 George Andrew Barter (o) Seaman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
CUMMINS, John St. John's 1804 21 Henry Cummins (p) School teacher 1915 Methodist No No
DAWSON, Augustus Spaniards Bay, Harbour Grace District 1340 20 Margaret Dawson (p) Miner 1915 Roman Catholic No No
WATKINS, Robert James Botwood, Twillingate District 1426 24 Ephraim Watkins (p) Lumberman 1915 Methodist Yes No Saturday, July 1, 1916
PITTMAN, Manuel Conne, Fortune District 1731 28 Thomas Pittman (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No Yes POW Date: 1917 POW account mentions POW Charlie Snow, service #2616; Discrepancy in community referenced in file: Pittman was from Conne, Belle Bay; mail was misdirected to Conne River, Bay d'Espoir
PECKFORD, Edward Gander Bay, Fogo District 1656 18 Elizabeth Peckford (p) Labourer 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Tuesday, August 29, 1916
CAMPBELL, Michael Campbells Creek, Port au Port, St. George District 1818 27 Archibald McKay (o) Fisherman 1915 Roman Catholic No Yes POW Date: 1918
LILLY, William Harbour Grace, Harbour Grace District 1034 20 James Lilly (p) Cooper 1915 Methodist Yes No Tuesday, October 9, 1917
DORAN, Joseph Trepassey, Placentia-St. Mary's District 1551 28 Mary Doran (p) Fisherman 1915 Roman Catholic Yes No Saturday, April 14, 1917
MEADUS, Allan St. John's 1012 19 Susanna Meadus (p) Tailor 1915 Methodist No No PDF
MARTRET, Augustus St. John's 1093 21 Mary Martret (p) Labourer 1915 Roman Catholic No No