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.

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Name Community Service Number Age of Enlistment Next of Kin Occupation Active Date Religion Fatality PoW Date of Death Commendationssort ascending Notes
MOORE, John Francis 176 Hamilton Avenue, St. John's 2778 20 Joseph Moore (p) Train fireman 1916 Roman Catholic No Yes POW Date: 1917
BLACKMORE, Cyril Leslie Tilt Cove, Twillingate District 3231 18 Theresa Blackmore (p) Student 1916 Church of England (Anglican) No No
MERCER, William Upper Island Cove, Harbour Grace District 5369 25 Charles Mercer (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
KAVANAGH, James 33 LeMarchant Road, St. John's 8416 45 Ellen Kavanagh (s) Labourer 1917 Roman Catholic No No
BURTON, Elias Port Anson, Sunday Cove Island, Twillingate District 4259 18 Archibald Burton (p) Fisherman 1917 Methodist No No
DOWNTON, Herbert 37 Fleming Street, St. John's 6245 18 Frederick Downton (p) Student 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
KEAN, S.G. No information 0-240 No information No information 1916 No No Granted temporary commission to the Regiment for transport to Great Britain to take up service with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). Served as Medical Officer for Repatriation Draft, March 1919. File included documents for W.E. Procunier, # 0-235.
BENNETT, Albert Stephenville, St. George District 5698 19 Luke Bennett (p) Fisherman 1918 Roman Catholic No No Microfilm label states Arthur Bennett
SLADE, John Millertown, Twillingate District 8079 27 Amelia Slade (p) Lumberman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
LUMSDEN, Stanley Kinnear 70 Cochrane Street, St. John's 0-90 26 Andrew Lumsden (p) Bank clerk 1915 Presbyterian No No Attestation papers not included; originally served with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
CHAMBERS, Malcolm G. Harbour Buffett, Placentia-St. Mary's District 2369 15 Walter Chambers (p) Clerk 1916 Church of England (Anglican) No No Discrepancy in age, Chambers claimed to be 18. His birth certificate proved he was 15.
RYAN, Herbert Birchy Cove, Bonavista Bay, Bonavista District 4842 30 Mrs. James Ryan (p) Fisherman 1918 Methodist No No
GUY, Mark Bonavista, Bonavista District 1271 20 James Guy (p) Fisherman 1916 Church of England (Anglican) No No
MILES, Samuel Bonavista, Bonavista District 3477 18 Mrs. Leah Miles (p) Student 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
LITTLEJOHN, George Traytown, Bonavista District 8133 44 Florence Littlejohn (s) Lumberman 1917 Methodist No No
OAKLEY, William J.F. 172 Hamilton Avenue, St. John's 3281 18 Arthur Oakley (p) Checker 1916 Church of England (Anglican) No No
BANNISTER, Philip Port Rexton, Trinity District 4512 21 Charles Bannister (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
GOUGH, Chesley James Elliston, Trinity District 893 20 Mr. Gough (p) Salesman 1915 Methodist Yes No Thursday, October 12, 1916
WRIGHT, George Henry Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom 2131 33 Mrs. Wright (s) Musician 1916 Church of England (Anglican) No No Attested for short service
MANNING, Thomas Portugal Cove Road, St. John's 4437 18 William Manning (p) Labourer 1918 Roman Catholic No No
POOLE, Martin English Cove, Harbour Main District 4564 20 Henry Poole (p) Labourer 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
RICHARDSON, John St. John's 1291 20 Jane Richardson (p) Longshoreman 1915 Roman Catholic No No
SMYTH, Michael Frank 26 Colonial Street, St. John's 512 35 Margaret Smyth (s) Longshoreman 1914 No No
ROBERTS, Rendell Bonne Bay, St. Barbe District 3798 18 Alexander Roberts (p) Clerk 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
CAREY, Edward St. John's 1370 21 Sadie Carey (p) Motorman 1915 No No
WALSH, Frank Pleasant Street, St. John's 4238 26 Theresa Walsh (s) Carman 1917 Roman Catholic No No
GALGAY, Nicholas Augustus 222 Water Street West, St. John's 338 19 Minnie Galgay (o) Brewer 1914 No No
COLLINS, Leo James 16 Balsam Street, St. John's 2952 18 James Collins (p) Expressman 1916 Roman Catholic Yes No Sunday, September 16, 1917
LODGE, Samuel Thomas Catalina, Trinity District 165 23 Grace Lodge (p) Storekeeper 1914 Methodist Yes No Friday, October 1, 1915
HARRIS, Nicholas Harbour Grace, Harbour Grace District 5260 25 Susie Harris (p) Blacksmith 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
GOLDING, Sylvester Gambo, Bonavista District 1487 20 Helen Golding (p) Lumberman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No Variant spelling of name - Goulding
BUNGAY, Joseph Newtown, Bonavista District 4272 20 Samuel Bungay (p) School teacher 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
GILLINGHAM, Harold Golf Avenue, St. John's 5028 27 William Gillingham (p) Carpenter 1918 Methodist No No
ABBOTT, Eli Grand Falls, Twillingate District 2119 18 Charles Abbott (p) Coal trimmer 1916 Methodist Yes No Sunday, January 28, 1917 Recorded in Schedule of distribution of estate as Eli Charles Abbott.
REDMOND, Thomas J. 265 Theatre Hill, St. John's 8162 18 David P. Redmond (p) Labourer 1917 Roman Catholic No No
COOMBS, Archibald Upper Island Cove, Harbour Grace District 492 30 Sarah Mercer (p) Labourer 1914 Church of England (Anglican) No No I
MORRIS, Ernest Ledrew St. George, St. George District 4352 21 William Morris (p) 1917 No No File missing. Information from service ledger. Found unfit for service.
STRATHIE, Harry Groves Bonavista, Bonavista District 494 22 Ronald Strachie (p) Carpenter 1914 Methodist Yes No Saturday, July 1, 1916
HARVEY, Nathaniel Victoria Cove, Gander Bay, Fogo District 4159 20 William Harvey (p) Fisherman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Saturday, September 25, 1920 Date of Death: 25 September, 1920. CWGC.
BRENSUN - BRENTON, Samuel Williamsport, St. Barbe District 6019 23 William Brensun (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No Discrepancy in spelling of name - Samuel Brenton is listed as a resident of Williamsport in the 1935 and 1945 Newfoundland census; attestation paper gives spelling as Brenceen. Variant spelling: Brencun, Brensun.
TARGETT, Frederick Joseph Holyrood, Harbour Main District 1743 25 Sarah Targett (p) Fisherman 1915 Roman Catholic Yes No Monday, October 16, 1916
CAVE, Henry John Fox Head, Change Islands, Fogo District 4394 22 William Cave (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
DAWE, Thomas Coleys Point, Harbour Grace District 3944 23 Joseph Dawe (p) School teacher 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
SPENCER, Thomas Leslie Fortune, Burin District 858 19 William Spencer (p) Sailor 1914 Methodist No No
JOHNSTON, Charles William 8 Hunts Lane, St. John's 4024 18 Edward Johnston (p) Draper 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
REID, Robert Bruce Circular Road, St. John's 0-218 - 593 20 William Duff Reid (p) 1914 Yes No Saturday, July 1, 1916
YETMAN, Andrew 25 Barters Hill, St. John's 43 21 Andrew Yetman (p) Seaman 1914 Roman Catholic No No
GILLIS, Michael Joseph Highlands, St. George District 0-193 - 8044 38 Elizabeth McInnis (p) Lumberman 1917 Roman Catholic No No Contains will of Pte. George Hollett, service #1799
HORWOOD, Henry Moretons Harbour, Twillingate District 3694 22 George Horwood (p) Fisherman 1917 Methodist Yes No Sunday, October 20, 1918 Killed 20 October, 1918.
EMBERLY, George English Harbour East, Fortune District 2994 22 Patrick Emberly (p) Fisherman 1916 Roman Catholic Yes No Monday, October 8, 1917