There are also records relating to recruitment, enlistment, medical examinations, nominal rolls, discharges and investigations into charges against members. The service files often contain personal correspondence, clippings and other information about the individual long after he took his discharge from the Mounted Police.When the Mounted Police was first organized in 1873, there was no administrative need to assign a service number to each officer.
Its jurisdiction grew to include the Yukon in 1895, the Arctic Coast in 1903 and northern Manitoba in 1912.For example, the first contingent to arrive at Lower Fort Garry in the fall of 1873 were assigned numbers beginning with 1; the numbers continued, in consecutive order, when the second contingent arrived in the spring of 1874.Within a few years, however, members of the Mounted Police were scattered throughout the Northwest Territories at Fort Walsh, Fort Calgary, Fort Edmonton and elsewhere.Many include extensive documentation on individual careers, and some also contain information about marriages and children.Recruits were assigned a regimental number at the time of engagement.If the reference includes a microfilm reel number, it indicates that the file is available on microfilm and may be borrowed.
If no reel number is included, the file can only be consulted onsite.
All officers were appointed by the government of the day by order-in-council, including those who were commissioned from the ranks.
Most officers' files are rich in detail, usually more than those of the men in the ranks.
References to the surviving personnel files for the Note that some references indicate an initial rather than a full given name.
The references for personnel records are identified as Series G.
In 1875, the NWMP fort (eventually renamed Fort Saskatchewan a year later) was built as a permanent post.