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Yukon Peace Officer Honour Roll





They Gave Their Lives While Serving the Yukon


    In May 1873, the Parliament of Canada established a central police force, and sent 150 recruits west to Manitoba. The new police force gradually acquired the name "North-West Mounted Police" (NWMP). In 1904, King Edward VII conferred the title of "Royal" upon the North-West Mounted Police (thus, the RNWMP), to honour members' service in the Boer War. On February 1, 1920, the RNWMP merged with the Dominion Police, a federal police force with jurisdiction in eastern Canada, to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). A few NWMP officers arrived in the Yukon in the summer of 1896, just before the big gold discovery that led to the Klondike Gold Rush. Within 2 years, there were over 250 officers stationed in the Yukon.

Officers are listed chronologically by date of death.



Cst. George Bull
North-West Mounted Police
Died October 10, 1896, aged 25 years.

Cst. Henry Dundas
North-West Mounted Police
Died August 1898, aged 28 years.

Cst. J. Gatnett
North-West Mounted Police
Died September 1898

Cst. F. H. Donnelly
North-West Mounted Police
Died October 29, 1898, aged 31 years.

Cst. Edward Flett
North-West Mounted Police
Died February 15, 1899, aged 20 years.

Cst. William Lerchpurser
North-West Mounted Police
Died October 23, 1899, aged 26 years.

Corporal T. Johnson
North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 2659
August 11, 1900: drowned in the Tagish River, aged 32 years.

Cst. John O'Brien
North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 3664
August 11, 1900: drowned in the Tagish River, aged 22 years.

Sgt. N. W. Jackson
North-West Mounted Police
Died January 29, 1902, aged 34 years.

Cst. J. H. Burns
North-West Mounted Police
Died September 3, 1903, aged 25 years, 10 months

Cst. Norman M. Campbell
North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 2972
December 26, 1901: drowned at the mouth of the Stikine River when a violent storm overturned the boat he was in.

Cst. Spencer G. Heathcote
North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 3463
December 26, 1901: drowned at the mouth of the Stikine River when a violent storm overturned the boat he was in.

Special Cst. Stick Sam
North-West Mounted Police
July 29, 1903: drowned in the Kaskawulsh River when his horse threw him while crossing on a patrol.

Sgt. A. L. Holmes
Royal North-West Mounted Police
Died January 12, 1905, aged 41 years.

Cpl. Alexander Gardner Haddock
Royal North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 2836
June 14, 1906: drowned in the Yukon River 5 miles north of Ogilvie while on patrol in a canoe.

Cst. Alfred Wright
Royal North-West Mounted Police
Died October 11, 1906, aged 35 years.

Cst. William F. Richards
Royal North-West Mounted Police
Died February 13, 1907, aged 41 years.

Serg. Albert J. Cudlip
Royal North-West Mounted Police
Died 1907

Serg. E. J. J. Smith
Royal North-West Mounted Police
Died October 7, 1910, aged 55 years.

Special Cst. Samuel Carter
Royal North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 2127
February 14, 1911: died of starvation and exposure near Fort McPherson, NWT while on winter patrol from Dawson to Fort McPherson.

Insp. Francis J. Fitzgerald
Royal North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 2218
February 14, 1911: died of starvation and exposure near Fort McPherson, NWT while on winter patrol from Dawson to Fort McPherson.

Cst. George F. Kinney
Royal North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 4582
February 14, 1911: died of starvation and exposure near Fort McPherson, NWT while on winter patrol from Dawson to Fort McPherson.

Cst. Richard O. Taylor
Royal North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 4346
February 14, 1911: died of starvation and exposure near Fort McPherson, NWT while on winter patrol from Dawson to Fort McPherson.

Cst. Michael J. Fitzgerald
Royal North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 3617
August 27, 1913: killed when a snapped rope knocked him off the police steamer "Vidette" on the White River.

Cst. Alexander Lamont
Royal North-West Mounted Police - Regimental No. 5548
February 16, 1918: died at Herschel Island, of typhoid fever contracted while nursing Arctic explorer Vihjalmur Stefansson.

Cst. Ian M. Macdonald
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 9791
August 18, 1924: drowned in the Beaufort Sea when he fell overboard from the ship on which he was returning to Herschel Island.

Cst. Edgar Millen
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 9669
January 30, 1932: shot on the Rat River by Albert Johnson, the "Mad Trapper."

Cst. J. P. Hartnett
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Died September 7, 1936, age 28
Cst. Hartnett drowned in the Yukon River at Carmacks when his canoe overturned. See a news report here.

Sgt. Morley K. Laughland
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 17368
July 13, 1963: killed when RCMP Beaver CF-MPO crashed at Carmacks while attempting to land.

Cst. Proctor L. A. Malcolm
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 18570
July 13, 1963: killed when RCMP Beaver CF-MPO crashed at Carmacks while attempting to land.

Cst. William J. D. Annand
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 19206
July 13, 1963: killed when RCMP Beaver CF-MPO crashed at Carmacks while attempting to land.

Cpl. Robert Wiliam Asbil
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 19626
July 13, 1963: killed when RCMP Beaver CF-MPO crashed at Carmacks while attempting to land.

Cst. Mark Percy McLachlan
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 31962
February 2, 1979: killed in a head-on vehicle crash near Carmacks while returning to Mayo.

Cst. Michael Joseph Buday
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 33631
March 19, 1985: shot at Teslin Lake by Michael Eugene Oros.

Sgt. Ed Mobley
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
August 15, 2000: killed in crash of RCMP Cessna Caravan on Teslin Lake, Yukon. News reports are available here.

Special Constable Tim Nicholson
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
August 15, 2000: killed in crash of RCMP Cessna Caravan on Teslin Lake, Yukon. News reports are available here.

Constable Michael Bernard Potvin
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Regimental No. 57529
July 13, 2010: drowned when his boat capsized on the Stewart River while on a routine patrol. His body was not located until July 30th. Twenty-six years old, Potvin had only been with the Force for a year. A memorial was dedicated in Mayo, Yukon on July 13, 2011.




Peace Officer Honor Roll - Alaska

North-West Mounted Police - 1896 Annual Report for the Yukon

Royal Canadian Mounted Police