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RCMP Veterans' Association of P.E.I. locates graves of all deceased members

A group of former Mounties on P.E.I. who take care of the gravesites of deceased members have now located the graves of all those who have died over the past century.

RCMP Veterans' Association of P.E.I. maintain over 100 gravesites of deceased members on the Island

The grave sites for all deceased P.E.I. Mounties have been located after the last grave was found in Canoe Cove. (Pat Martel/CBC)

A group of former Mounties on P.E.I. who take care of the gravesites of deceased members has now located the graves of all those who have died over the past century.

The RCMP Veterans' Association of P.E.I. maintains 100 headstones in 45 graveyards across the province.

But at the start of this year, the group was still looking for the gravesites of nine deceased members buried somewhere on the Island, some dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s to the North-West Mounted Police before the RCMP was formed.

We can make sure it's in good condition and that it's being tended to.— Damien Dunsford, RCMP Veterans' Association of P.E.I.

The last grave, which belongs to Goodman Gordon, was located last week in the graveyard outside the Presbyterian Church in Canoe Cove.

"It's a great sense of achievement when I do find them," said Damien Dunsford, who chairs the the RCMP Veterans' Association of P.E.I.

"It's just nice that first of all, we know where the gravestone is and we can make sure it's in good condition and that it's being tended to."

Dunsford knew Gordon was buried somewhere in the graveyard outside the church but many of the headstone inscriptions have faded over time, which made the grave difficult to locate.

According to Dunsford, Gordon left the Island with a group of young men back in the early 1900s to join the North-West Mounted Police. 

"He served and at some point came back to P.E.I. and he contributed something to his country and to the opening up of the West and we'd like to remember that and honour that, really," Dunsford said.

Gordon's headstone, Dunsford said, is in relatively good condition. He said it's rewarding to find the final resting place of Mounties who have gone before him.

Dunsford said it's RCMP policy to inspect and maintain the gravesites of deceased officers. If any of the headstones need to be cleaned or straightened, inspectors pass that information along to RCMP headquarters.

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