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 Enlistmentsort descending Next of Kin Occupation Active Date Religion Fatality PoW Date of Death Commendations Notes
CHAFFEY, Chesley Granville Crabbes, St. George District 2789 18 Joseph Chaffey (p) Fisherman 1916 Church of England (Anglican) No No
MOAKLER, Francis Stephen St. John's 1651 18 Thomas Moakler (p) Telegraph checker 1915 Roman Catholic No No
GLADNEY, James Joseph St. John's 771 18 Annie Clarke (p) Fireman 1914 Roman Catholic No No
OKEEFE, Charles St. John's 1658 18 Peter O'Keefe (p) Farmer 1915 Roman Catholic No No
BOONE, Edgar Burnt Arm, Botwood, Twillingate District 1674 18 Fred Boone (p) Lumberman 1915 Methodist No No
WELLS, Charles Dawsons Cove, Fortune District 3106 18 Mr. And Mrs. John Wells (p) Fisherman 1916 Church of England (Anglican) No No
GOUDIE, George Grand Falls, Twillingate District 2242 18 Elias Goudie (p) Timekeeper 1916 Methodist Yes Yes Wednesday, November 6, 1918 POW Date: 1917
HISCOCK, Ronald St. John's 3491 18 Sarah Hiscock (s) Expressman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
RICKETTS, George Middle Arm, Seal Cove, St. Barbe District 1703 18 John Ricketts (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Monday, December 3, 1917
ROBERTS, Thomas Epworth, Burin District 3875 18 Thomas Roberts (p Fisherman 1917 Methodist Yes No Friday, October 25, 1918
HUTCHINGS, Mark Spaniards Bay, Harbour Grace District 4885 18 Samuel Hutchings (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
ADAMS, William Arnold's Cove, Placentia-St. Mary's District 2306 18 Mrs. James William [Adams] (p) Fisherman 1916 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Saturday, April 14, 1917
BROWN, Louis Salvage, Bonavista District 2044 18 Henry Brown (p) Fisherman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Thursday, October 12, 1916
WALSH, William Francis 6 Fleming Street, St. John's 2980 18 John Walsh (p) Banker 1916 Roman Catholic No No
OAKE, Frederick Change Islands, Fogo District 4228 18 John Oake (p) Fisherman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
BANNISTER, Joseph Port Rexton, Trinity District 4735 18 Hannah Bannister (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
POLLARD, Arthur Roland Botwood, Twillingate District 3419 18 James Pollard (p) Lumberman 1917 Salvation Army No No
DALTON, William J. Little Catalina, Trinity District 5905 18 Eli Dalton (p) Fisherman 1918 Methodist No No
KEARLEY, James Avondale, Harbour Main District 3896 18 John Kearley (p) Operator 1917 Roman Catholic No No
CROCKER, Job Hearts Delight, Trinity District 2418 18 John Crocker (p) Fisherman 1916 Salvation Army Yes No Saturday, April 14, 1917
GOSSE, Richard Dildo, Trinity District 8080 18 Moses Gosse (p) Lumberman 1918 Methodist No No
ELLIOTT, John G. Newmans Cove, Bonavista District 4822 18 Mrs. George Elliott (p) Fisherman 1918 Methodist No No
TREMBLETT, Alexander Bonavista, Bonavista District 5009 18 Joseph Tremblett (p) Labourer 1918 Methodist No No Variant spelling of name - Tremblet.
FREEMAN, Robert Fogo, Fogo District 4066 18 Susan Freeman (p) Fisherman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
OLIVER, Philip 29 Feild Street, St. John's 3500 18 Thomas Oliver (p) Labourer 1917 Roman Catholic No Yes POW Date: 1917
BARNES, John C Leslie Street, St. John's 3614 18 Jessie (Ebenezer) Barnes (p) Shellmaker 1917 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Tuesday, October 15, 1918
OBRIEN, Leo P. 27 Adelaide Street, St. John's 8261 18 Mary O'Brien (p) Clerk 1917 Roman Catholic No No
SMITH, Howard Dildo, Trinity District 1665 18 Thomas Smith (of John) (p) Lumberman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Saturday, June 3, 1916
HANDCOCK, Howard Norris Arm, Twillingate District 8073 18 John Handcock (p) Lumberman 1917 Methodist No No
BURRY, Oliver Greenspond, Bonavista District 4748 18 Zacharias Burry (p) Seaman 1918 Methodist No No
THOMAS, Gordon 8 Barnes Road, St. John's 3498 18 H.J. Thomas (p) Clerk 1917 Methodist - Congregationalist Yes No Wednesday, October 16, 1918 PDF Discrepancy in religion. Photograph included.
HOLMES, Arthur Chesley Harbour Grace, Harbour Grace District 0-132 - 2275 18 Reverend A.A. Holmes (p) Bank clerk 1916 No No Attached Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force) 1917 - 1919.
WHELAN, Patrick Chapels Cove, Harbour Main District 3428 18 Philip Whelan (p) Engine driver 1917 Roman Catholic No No See # 0-74 Goodyear for misfiled documents.
PRETTY, John Chapel Arm, Trinity District 2276 18 Edmund Pretty (p) Fisherman 1916 Roman Catholic Yes No Saturday, April 14, 1917
GAVON, Thomas Middle Arm, White Bay, St. Barbe district 5625 18 George Gavon 1918 No No File missing, Information from service ledger.
KEREFIN, Joseph Cape St. George, St. George District 4199 18 Ephraim Caravan (p) Fisherman 1917 Roman Catholic No No Discrepancies in spelling of name: Joseph also apppears as Ives and Yves; Kerefin as Caravan, Carrefin, Karaven, Karfin, Karrefin, Kerfant, Kerfont and Kurfant.
SNOW, Walter Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace District 2060 18 Henry C. Snow (p) Coachman 1916 Methodist No No PDF
POWELL, Garland Happy Adventure, Bonavista District 2816 18 James Powell (p) Lumberman 1916 Methodist Yes No Friday, March 2, 1917
GOOBIE, Andrew N. St. John's 1884 18 Barbara Goobie (p) Carpenter 1915 Methodist No No
NOEL, Nathaniel Harbour Grace, Harbour Grace District 0-285 - 4249 18 Sarah Noel (p) Electrician 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No See # 4250 for misfiled document
KEEGAN, Patrick St. John's 5597 18 Lawrence Keegan (p) Bank clerk 1918 Roman Catholic No No
ELLIS, William 14 Gear Street, St. John's 4237 18 Joseph Ellis (p) Printer 1917 Methodist No No Discrepancy in age. Age given on Enlistment: 18; Actual age: 16
SHERREN, Nelson L. Point Leamington, Twillingate District 2458 18 George Sherren (p) Lumberman 1916 Methodist Yes Yes Monday, May 7, 1917 Nelson Sherren was reported missing 14 April 1917; family correspondence indicated he was seen alive as a Prisoner of War after 14 April; a memorandum, dated 2 Sept. 1919, stated a grave at Douai Communal Cemetery, France, was presumed to be Sherren's; CWGC records his death as 7 May 1917 while in enemy hands. Discrepancy in name: Recorded as Sherran in CWGC
BAILEY, Thomas Champneys North, Trinity District 4976 18 Mary Bailey (p) Fisherman 1918 Methodist No No
NASH, Thomas 22 Adelaide Street, St. John's 4399 18 Margaret Nash (p) Assistant bookkeeper 1918 Roman Catholic No No
PILGRIM, Ernest St. Anthony Bight, St. Barbe District 5621 18 Mary Pilgrim (p) Fisherman 1918 Salvation Army No No
OSBOURNE, Joseph Lewisporte, Notre Dame Bay, Twillingate District 4912 18 James Osbourne (p) 1918 Yes No Sunday, May 26, 1918 Variant spelling of name - Osborne File missing. Information from service ledger.
BURSEY, Walter John 101 Barnes Road, St. John's 2931 18 Mary Bursey (p) Clerk 1916 Methodist No No
READER, Charles London, England, United Kingdom 4172 18 Mrs. Louie Reader (p) Sailor 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
ALCOCK, Pearce Leading Tickles, Twillingate District 8397 18 Uriah Alcock (p) Lumberman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No