INSPECTOR FRANCIS JEFFREY DICKENS
of the NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE
- 1844 Born January 15, London, England.
- 1841 At school in Boulogne, France.
- 1858 At school in Hamburg, Germany; pre-medicine.
- 1863 - 70 Served with the Bengal Police, India.
- 1870 Returned home to England after Father’s death.
- 1874 Arrived October at Fort Dufferin, near Emerson, Manitoba.
- 1875 Fort Livingston, Swan River and then Fort Macleod.
- 1876 Fort Macleod. N.B. Custer massacred in June at the Battle of
the Little Big Horn, by Chief Sitting Bull and the Sioux.- all the
Great Plains of North America were in a great state of tension.
- 1877 Arrival of Chief Sitting Bull at Fort Walsh and at Wood
Mountain Post. Sitting Bull stayed in the area until 1882.
- 1877 Fort Macleod. Dickens travelled to attend the signing of Treaty
No. 7 at Blackfoot Crossing.
- 1878 Dickens transferred to Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills. While
there he would overlap with Sitting Bull and the Sioux for almost 3
- 1879 Fort Walsh - Dickens’ Mother died. In November Constable
Graburn murdered near Fort Walsh.
- 1880 Fort Walsh then transferred back to Fort Macleod in June.
Received promotion to Inspector.
- 1881 Fort Macleod then transferred to Blackfoot Crossing/’The
Ridge Under the Water’ in August.
- 1882 Blackfoot Crossing on the Bow River.
- 1883 Transferred to Fort Pitt on the North Saskatchewan River,
placed in charge.
- 1884 Fort Pitt
- 1885 Fort Pitt. Rebellion broke out in March. Fort Pitt abandoned.
Dickens and his men raft to Fort Battleford on the North Saskatchewan
River. Dickens continued at Battleford.
- 1886 Fort Battleford. Dickens resigned his commission in March,
travelled overland to Swift Current to reach the Canadian Pacific
Railway. Travelled via Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto to Ottawa.
- 1886 Moline, Illinois. Died June 11. Buried in Riverside Cemetery.
- 2002 September Unveiling of official NWMP headstone Riverside cemetery,