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RCMP NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY AT BEECHWOOD
THE NO. 1 PROVOST COMPANY (RCMP) – PLAQUE UNVEILING – 08 NOVEMBER 2020
November 8, 2020
Unveiling of plaque for the No. 1 Provost Company (RCMP)
RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood
Publication source – The Spirit Fall 2020
The year 2020 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. We also remember the many RCMP members who, during this and all other wars, served in Canadian and Commonwealth military regular forces, especially the many who made the supreme sacrifice for their country. In September 1939, the RCMP was called upon to establish a military police force to accompany the 1st Canadian Infantry Division into battle in Europe. Initially, 116 RCMP non-commissioned member volunteers were accepted into the Provost. These members were outfitted in Canadian Army uniforms, kit and weapons and each maintained their RCMP identification, wearing the Force’s insignias and badges. These members trained at “N” Division, from September until their deployment with the 1st Canadian Infantry Division in December 1939. Throughout the duration of the Second World War, at least 215 RCMP member volunteers served with the 1st Provost Company (RCMP) and fought gallantly in battle-fields across Europe.