“that his name be not forgotten…”
The First World War, 1914-1918 deeply marked Canadian history, and in May 2018 we will mark the centennial of the RNWMP’s participation in the war.
This feature exhibit will commemorate men such as Cst. James Alexander Burke (Reg. No.3101) who was no stranger to life in the early Mounted Police. His father, Patrick “Paddy” Burke (Reg. No.402) had served 10 years with the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) before he died of wounds received on the battlefield at Cut Knife Hill in 1885. Young James and his three brothers had grown up around small prairie detachments across Alberta and Saskatchewan before settling in Battleford.
All, at one time or another, served with the NWMP as their father did. During the First World War, Burke served overseas with the sixth Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. He died on August 17, 1917 from the lingering effects of a gas attack experienced on the battlefields of France and Flanders. The Memorial plaque struck in his memory will be displayed as part of the Feature Exhibit.
And while we will be remembering those like Cst. Burke, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, we will also remember all members who enlisted for service overseas.