The Military Police Memorial Roll
The CMPA is proud to announce the launch of an on-line memorial roll to commemorate those members of Canada’s Military Police who died while serving their country as well as those whose death after returning to civilian life was related to their military service.
The roll was initiated by the students of Military Police Officer Course 2001 (Battista Platoon) in February 2020 as a class project. The CMPA is pleased to host this Military Police Memorial Roll online and will add to it the names of other fallen members who are found to meet the criteria for inclusion (available to view here).
For the purposes of this this roll, the term Military Police includes everyone who served with a service police organization in any of the pre-unification military services of Canada. This includes the Canadian Provost Corps, Naval Shore Patrol Service, RCN Regulating Branch, RCAF Police and Security Services, as well as various First World War military policing organizations. However, it does not include those who were employed only on regimental police-type duties.
The roll currently includes the names of 296 fallen members, 26 of whom died during the First World War period and another 165 who died during the Second World War period. In its current form, the MP Memorial Roll is the culmination of many hundreds of hours of research and validation against records from Veterans Affairs Canada, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, DND/Directorate of History & Heritage, military personnel files available from Library and Archives Canada, numerous newspapers and various genealogical research resources.
Anyone with additional information that could add to the completeness or accuracy of this roll is encouraged to contact the CMPA Director of History and Heritage at email@example.com. Because military personnel files for the post-war period are more heavily constrained by access to information and privacy legislation, we are particularly interested in adding details of Military Police who died in the service of their country from 1948 until the present.
The Military Police Memorial Roll can be accessed by selecting “Memorial Roll” in the menu bar or using the following direct link: https://www.cmpa-apmc.org/memorial-roll.html.
MP — We Shall Remember Them — MP
Credits: Department of National Defence, Veterans Affairs Canada, newspapers.com, forpostaritysake.ca and Cecil Pittman.
As a tribute the provost sign painters, the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA) recently unveiled a new historical display titled "The Artist." Conceived and constructed by Sergeant Ian Beswick, with carpentry assistance from Sergeant Jodi Woolridge, this life-size display depicts a provost sign painter hard at work.
"The Artist," CFMPA Historical Collection, CFMPA Borden (Photos: Sergeant Ian Beswick).
In addition to his regular job as the NCO IC Standards/Development, Sergeant Beswick is the Academy's historian and coordinates its growing heritage collection. Based on a few wartime photos, Sergeant Beswick was able to recreate the look and atmosphere of a less glamourous, but nonetheless essential, aspect of wartime provost work. Careful inspection reveals period-correct signs, paint can labels based on actual wartime examples, and reproduction wooden crates featuring authentically-styled labels and stamps.
Bravo Zulu to Sergeant Beswick and the other CFMPA staff members who helped make this new historical display a reality!