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French's Scouts

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French's Scouts In the North West Rebellion 1885 there were several ad hoc or irregular units as French's Scouts, Boulton's Scouts, Steele's Scouts and the Rocky Mountain Rangers that employed frontier horsemen to maximum advantage. French's Scouts was organized by John French with the rank of captain[1] a former inspector of the NWMP, brother of Major General Sir George Arthur French KCMG the first commissioner of the NWMP. Later led by Lord Melgund, General Middleton's chief of staff and Captain Brittlebank. Scouts were disbanded in September 1885.[2]

In this reconnaissance the Hon. C. Fiennes and Gifford, of Capt. French's scouts [1]

Mr. McKay of the Hudson's Bay Company, a brother of the Rev. Canon McKay, with General Strange's column, and a brother also of Mr. McKay, of Prince Albert, who played so important a part in the Duck Lake fight, and another brother belonged to French's scouts.[1]

Captain John Erench, French's Scouts [was killed at the Battle of Batouche]...[wounded were] Privates Allen and Cook.[1]

French's Scouts.

Capt. J. French *
Lieut. W. Brittlebank (became captain after death of Capt. French).


C. Fiennes
M. Gifford
C. Mahony
A. K. Empey
J. R. C. Rowley
C. R. Tyson
H. P. R. Rusden
J. W. McDougall
H. Smith
J. McDonald
R. Rowley
W. R. C. Passy
D. A. Starr
J. Saunderson
E. Morton
L. Lusted
G. K. Allen t
G. Sayer
J. H. Sayer
B. Tennyson
W. H. Bilson
W. McDonald
J. Lusted
J. Page
A. Morrow
J. McKay
G. Wardrope
J. McOnat
J. Reid
E. Thomas
R. S. Cook t
J. Vinen
A. Marr


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Boulton, Charles Arkoll. (1886). "Reminiscences of the North-west rebellions, with a record of the raising of Her Majesty's 100th regiment in Canada, and a chapter on Canadian social & political life". Toronto : Grip printing and Pub. Co. 560 pages.
  2. Peter Borch, Daria Coneghan. "French's Scouts". The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.

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