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Name

1870
Rank
Batt.
Co.
Enlisted
at
Age
Status
Bounty
Warrants
Occupation
Discharged
at
Discharge
Date
Comment

William Abbott

yes
Private
2nd
Montreal Q
19
Single0058, 1154ClerkWinnipegMay 1871Reenlistment

Charles Abraham

yes
Private
2nd
Dunham Q
22
Single55SoapmakerTorontoJul 1871 

Thomas Robert Abraham

yes
Private
2nd
1
Montreal Q
33
Single59SailorMontrealMay 1871 

William R. Acres

yes
Private
1st
7
Huntley O
21
Single51TannerWinnipegApr 1871 

William Holmes Acton

yes
Corporal
1st
Gananoque O
22
Single52ForkmakerTorontoJul 1871 

Paul Adams

Private
PBR
Ireland
29
Married1245NoneWinnipegMay 1875 

Samuel Adams

Private
PBR
4
Montreal Q
24
Single0069, 1025UpholstererWinnipegSep 1872 

William R. Adams

Sergeant-Major
PBA
Battery
England
27
Single NoneWinnipegNov 1874 

Robert Adamson

Corporal
PBR
Portland NB
24
Single1246CurrierWinnipegMay 1875 

George Edward Adshead

Sergeant
PBR
1
Ontario
34
Single1023ClerkWinnipegOct 1872Reenlistment

Ranson Brian Albertson

yes
Sergeant
1st
Trafalgar O
22
Single53FarmerTorontoJul 1871 

D. Alexander

yes
Private
2nd
Megantic Q
19
Single  WinnipegApr 1871 

Charles Allan

Gunner
PBA
Battery
Quebec City Q
23
Single1366MachinistTorontoJun 1873Invalided

John Allan

yes
Ensign
1st
Ontario
 1155Officer Dec 1874 

Wellington Allard

Private
PBR
4
Waterloo Q
20
Single941FarmerWinnipegOct 1872 

Charles William Allen

Quartermaster-Sergeant
PBR
Toronto O
35
Married1500AssayerWinnipegJul 1876 

George Gordon Allen

Private
PBR
4
Kingston O
21
Single939FarmerWinnipegOct 1872 

John Beresford Allen

Corporal
PBR
3
Toronto O
19
Single0047, 1155PrinterWinnipegNov 1874 

Charles Alley

yes
Private
2nd
3
Montreal Q
37
Married60ClerkTorontoJul 1871 

John Bland Allinson

Private
PBR
4
Toronto O
23
Single1227NoneWinnipegSep 1872 

Charles Valentine Alloway

Private
PBR
4
Montreal Q
20
Single Banker  Did not finish term

William Forbes Alloway

yes
Private
2nd
Montreal Q
19
Single61CarpenterWinnipegApr 1871 

Frederick Amandus

yes
Private
1st
Depot
Prussia
25
Single0067, 0942CarpenterKingstonDec 1870Reenlistment

Jean-Baptiste Amyot

yes
Captain
2nd
Quebec
Single46Officer Jul 1871 

Miron Anable

Private
PBR
4
Lanark O
28
Single940WaggonmakerWinnipegOct 1872 

George D. Anderson

yes
Private
1st
Picton O
20
Single Blacksmith  Deserted

John Anderson

yes
Private
2nd
Chambly Q
27
Single71SailorWinnipegFeb 1871 

John Weir Anderson

Lieutenant
PBA
Battery
Ontario
Single1234Officer Dec 1874 

William John Anderson

Corporal
PBR
Brockville O
25
Single1499PrinterWinnipegJun 1876 

James Andrew

yes
Private
1st
3
Oakville O
25
Single48SailorWinnipegApr 1871 

Herbert Andrews

yes
Private
2nd
Ontario
23
Single54Clerk   

William F. Andrews

yes
Private
2nd
England
22
Single57ClerkTorontoJul 1871 

Garbutt Angell

yes
Private
2nd
Montreal Q
27
Single65EngineerTorontoJul 1871 

George Angus

yes
Private
2nd
Montreal Q
23
Single62ShirtmakerWinnipegMay 1871 

Henry Annetts

yes
Private
2nd
R C Rifles
35
Single70LabourerWinnipegMay 1871 

William Henry Anthony

yes
Private
1st
6
Peterboro O
20
Single50ShoemakerWinnipegApr 1871 

Thomas Archer

yes
Private
2nd
1
Hemingford Q
36
Single64FarmhandMontrealMay 1871 

Daniel Armstrong

Private
PBR
1
Matilda O
23
Single1416LabourerWinnipegJun 1875 

David Armstrong

Gunner
PBA
Battery
Ireland
23
Single LabourerWinnipegAug 1877 

Edward Armstrong

yes
Quartermaster-Sergeant
1st
Ontario
 45Officer Feb 1872 

James Arthur

yes
Private
2nd
Ontario
21
Single73MusicianTorontoJul 1871 

Edward Ash

yes
Private
2nd
Scarboro O
18
Single72FarmerWinnipegMay 1871 

John Aston

Bugler
PBR
1
Quebec City Q
20
Single LabourerWinnipegJul 1874Deserted

William Atcheson

yes
Corporal
1st
Depot
England
22
Single0066, 1415BakerKingstonMay 1871Substitute, reenlistment

Charles Robert Atkins

Private
PBR
1
Strathroy O
24
Single1498CarpenterWinnipegJun 1876 

James Atkinson

yes
Private
2nd
Montreal Q
21
Single63Bookkeeper   

Woodward W. Atkinson

Private
PBR
Woodstock NB
22
Single1247CabinetmakerWinnipegMay 1875 

Theophile Aubert

yes
Private
2nd
Ontario
21
Single Cabinetmaker  Deserted

Joseph Auger

yes
Private
2nd
Depot
Quebec City Q
19
Single56LabourerKingstonMay 1871 

W. H. Aumond

yes
Private
PBR
Ottawa O
Single1149NoneWinnipegJun 1874 

James Austin

yes
Private
1st
5
Coteau du Lac Q
23
Single49MusicianWinnipegApr 1871 

James Austin

yes
Private
2nd
Depot
Ireland
41
Married68LabourerKingstonMay 1871 

Frederick W. Aylmer

Color-Sergeant
PBR
4
Melbourne Q
22
Single1024NoneWinnipegOct 1872Reenlistment

Those indicated “yes” in the 1870 column were members of the First RREF serving in 1870 under Garnet J. Wolseley (i.e. the Wolseley Expedition).

Battalion abbreviations: 1st = First Ontario Rifles, 2nd = Second Quebec Rifles, PBR = Provisional Battalion of Rifles, PBA = Provision Battalion of Artillery.

From abbreviations: O = Ontario, Q = Quebec, NB = New Brunswick, NS = Nova Scotia, NFLD = Newfoundland, USA = United States of America, M = Manitoba, PEI = Prince Edward Island.

More than one Bounty Warrant number indicates two or more Warrants issued for different periods of service either as a re-enlistment or as a substitute.

“Did not finish term” indicates that the individual did not finish serving out the term agreed upon and either supplied a substitute or not. “Dismissed for bad conduct” indicates “Discharged with ignominy” or “Dismissed for bad conduct”. Both mean that no Land Grant is allowed. “Invalided, did not finish term” indicates an “Invalided” individual whose term was not finished through no fault of his own. “Unfit, did not finish term” indicates a person declared “Unfit” who is usually responsible for the declaration appearing on his record. Many of these are due to alcohol related problems. “Medically unfit, did not finish term” indicates an individual discharged as medically unfit who is responsible for the discharge. “Refused to join” indicates that this individual agreed to sign up and when faced with his attestation papers either was not present or refused to sign. Attestation papers indicate the length and terms of service.

More information:

Officers of the Wolseley Expedition

Sources:

Joseph F. Tennant, Rough Times, 1870-1920. A Souvenir of the 50th Anniversary of the Red River Expedition and the Formation of the Province of Manitoba, Part 1, Chapter 9.

Appendices II and III, The Canadian and the Metis: The Re-Creation of Manitoba, 1858-1872 by Frederick J. Shore, PhD dissertation, University of Manitoba, 1991. [From Library and Archives Canada, RG9, II B4, Volume 16. Department of Militia and Defence, Post-Confederation Records, Adjutant-General's Office and Headquarters, 1867-1922. Register and Lists of Officers, 1867-1922 and Register of Service, Red River Battalion, 1870-1877]

This gallery was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 May 2010

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