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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 Kinsort ascending Occupation Active Date Religion Fatality PoW Date of Death Commendations Notes
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.
BUTLER, Alfred Francis Hodges Cove, Random, Trinity District 460 23 Rev. W.A. Butler (o) Fisherman 1914 Church of England (Anglican) No No Attestation papers not included.
WILSON, Alfred M. Jubilee Cottage, Forest Road, St. John's 3755 25 Rev. James Wilson (p) Draper 1917 Methodist No No
CALDWELL, Edward Charles Brigus, Port de Grave District 636 19 Rev. Edward K.H. Caldwell (p) Student 1914 Church of England (Anglican) No Yes POW Date: 1917 Includes correspondence concerning # 270 William W. Bartlett and William J. Freake.
LENCH, James R. Bonavista. Bonavista District 3862 20 Rev. Charles Lench (p) Clerk 1917 Methodist No No
SQUIRES, Theodore St. Phillips, St. John's West District 5083 24 Reuben Squires (p) Surveyor 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
SOMERTON, Stephen Bell Island, St. John's East District 4556 18 Reuben Somerton (p) Machinist 1918 Methodist No No
SMITH, Matthew Norris Point, Bonne Bay, St. Barbe District 3978 20 Reuben Smith (p) Fisherman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
SMALL, Fred Moretons Harbour, Twillingate District 4035 19 Reuben Small (p) Fisherman 1917 Methodist No No
SIMMS, Beattie St. Anthony, St. Barbe District 4292 18 Reuben Simms (p) Lumberman 1918 Methodist No No Recorded only as Beattie Simms in service file; birth name is Alfred Beattie (Beatty) Simms
REES, Maxwell Lance Cove, Bell Island, St. John's East District 4332 19 Reuben Rees (p) Miner 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
WHITE, Jeremiah Little Harbour East, Placentia-St. Marys' 5923 20 Reuben Peddle (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
PARK, Edmund McIvers Cove, St. George District 3653 19 Reuben Park (p) Teamster 1917 Church of England (Anglican) No No
NOFTALL, William Robert Broad Cove, Bay de Verde District 1357 19 Reuben Noftall (p) Fisherman 1915 Methodist No Yes POW Date: 1917
NOFTALL, Chesley Broad Cove, Bay de Verde District 1032 19 Reuben Noftall Labourer 1915 No Yes POW Date: 1917 Chesley seemed to have enlisted under the name of Moftall; however, he listed his next of kin as Noftall. All the official paperwork was generated under the name Moftall. This may have been a spelling error by the enlisting officer, a possible name change by the soldier, etc.
IVANY, Bertram Shoal Harbour, Trinity District 4129 19 Reuben Ivany (p) Fireman 1917 Methodist No No
HYNES, Isaac Fox Island River, Port au Port, St. George District 4772 22 Reuben Hynes (p) Trapper 1918 Roman Catholic No No
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
GOODWIN, Stephen New Melbourne, Trinity District 3707 21 Reuben Goodwin (p) Fisherman 1917 Methodist Yes No Tuesday, November 20, 1917
GEORGE, Abraham Winterton, Trinity District 5359 21 Reuben George (p) Fisherman 1918 Roman Catholic No No
ELLIS, Ambrose Port Saunders, St. Barbe District 3809 27 Reuben Ellis (o) Fisherman 1917 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Sunday, April 14, 1918
DAY, Nehemiah Champneys, Trinity District 3470 23 Reuben Day (o) Fisherman 1917 No No
CHURCHILL, Herbert Hickmans Harbour, Trinity District 3682 19 Reuben Churchill (p) Lumberman 1917 Methodist No No
CHAPPLE, Cecil Pilleys Island, Twillingate District 5516 19 Reuben Chapple (p) Fisherman 1918 Salvation Army No No
BUTLER, Henry Albert Kelligrews, Harbour Main District 0-199 - 325 23 Reuben Butler (p) Student 1914 No No
BUTCHER, Alexander Thomas Mussel Harbour Arm, Placentia-St. Marys District 2363 27 Reuben Butcher (p) Fisherman 1916 No No Discrepancy in spelling of name - Boutcher, Butcher, Boucher: brothers William, John and Alexander each have varied spellings in file.
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.
BURSEY, Goliath Clarenville, Trinity District 2381 19 Reuben Bursey (p) Labourer 1916 Methodist Yes No Friday, November 30, 1917 Related documents misfiled with # 1348 Frederick John Bursey, brother of Reuben.
BOUTCHER, William Mussel Harbour Arm, Placentia-St. Marys District 5944 21 Reuben Boutcher (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No Discrepancy in spelling of name - Boutcher, Butcher, Boucher: brothers William, John and Alexander each have varied spellings in file.
BOUTCHER, John W. Mussel Harbour Arm, Placentia-St. Marys District 5940 24 Reuben Boutcher (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) Yes No Saturday, October 12, 1918 Discrepancy in spelling of name - Boutcher, Butcher, Boucher: brothers William, John and Alexander each have varied spellings in file ; Died at sea enroute to UK.
THOMPSON, Leonard E. Point Leamington, Twillingate District 8134 52 Rebekah Thompson (p) Lumberman and mill man 1917 Salvation Army No No
TILLEY, Harry 4 Duckworth Street, St. John's 4531 22 Rebecca Tilley (p) Surveyor 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No Variant spelling of name - On attestation paper, Harry is written at top of form and Henry in three other points, signature and all other documents state Harry.
PENNEY, William Bunyans Cove, Bonavista District 4923 26 Rebecca Penney (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No Variant spelling of name - Penny
ENGLAND, Frederick James St. John's 1127 19 Rebecca England Brakeman 1915 Church of England (Anglican) No No
LAWRENCE, William George Garnish, Fortune District 1717 21 Rebecca (Lawrence) Anstey (p) Fisherman 1915 Methodist Yes No Friday, September 28, 1917
BRETT, Percy Bishops Falls, Twillingate District 3605 19 Ralph Brett (p) Clerk 1917 Methodist No No
THOMPSON, James J. Point Leamington, Twillingate District 8135 57 Rachel Thompson (s) Lumberman and mill man 1917 Salvation Army No No
REVELLOW, Adolph Mainland, St. George District 8491 48 Rachel Revellow (p) Lumberman 1918 Roman Catholic No No Previously transcribed as Revellon.
PIERCEY, Henry Martin Winterton, Trinity District 4239 23 Rachel Piercey (p) Fisherman 1917 Salvation Army No No
WHITE, Harold Bonavista, Bonavista District 5198 26 Rachel Little (p) Brakeman 1918 Methodist No No
GRAY, Marshall Cat Harbour [Lumsden], Fogo District 4049 24 Rachel Hopkins (p) Fisherman 1917 Methodist No No
GEARY, Alexander 55 Cabot Street, St. John's 8054 28 Rachel Geary (p) Labourer 1917 Methodist No No
BRADBURY, Malcolm Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace District 1188 22 Rachel Bradbury (p) Telegraph Operator 1915 Methodist No No
HEAD, Dorman Gander Bay, Fogo District 8493 26 Rachel (Gillingham) Head (p) Lumberman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No
YOUNG, George Bank Head Bay, St. George District 4880 21 Rachael Young (p) Fisherman 1918 Roman Catholic No No
PILGRIM, Lewis St. Anthony Bight, St. Barbe District 3130 21 Rachael Pilgrim (p) Fisherman 1916 Salvation Army No No Will is with service # 1850
MURPHY, Brendon Conception Harbour, Harbour Main District 4981 22 Rachael Murphy (p) Fisherman 1918 Roman Catholic No No
INGRAHAM, Fred Hunts Island, Burgeo-LaPoile District 5192 22 Rachael Ingraham (p) Fisherman 1918 Church of England (Anglican) No No Variant spelling of name - Ingram.
HALIDAY, Abel Smith Sound, Brittania Cove, Trinity District 1885 22 Rachael Haliday (p) Engineer 1915 Methodist Yes No Saturday, April 14, 1917 Variant spelling of name - Halliday
GRIFFIN, John M. 32 Goodview Street, St. John's 8040 39 Rachael Griffin (s) Shoemaker 1917 Roman Catholic No No