Canadian recipients of the Imperial Service Order

Medal of the Imperial Service Order.

Medal of the Imperial Service Order.

The Imperial Service Order was a British awards created in 1902 by King Edward VII in a flurry of post-accession trinket making; that same year, he also created the Order of Merit and the Royal Victorian Chain, and established the Edward Medal in 1907 for acts of bravery in industrial accidents.

To become a Companion of the Imperial Service Order, you had to complete 25 years of clerical or administrative service in the civil services of Britain or the British Empire; this could be shortened to 16 years for working in “unhealthy” areas. It was usually given on retirement, as was the Imperial Service Medal, a less prestigious version of the award given to non-management government workers.

The British government stopped awarding the ISO in 1993 (but still gives out the ISM). Every other dominion government in the Commonwealth ceased recommending appointments to the ISO and ISM long before, with the exception of Papua New Guinea, who still submits recommendations for the ISO and ISM to London.

Between 1903 and 1946, 87 Canadian civil servants were made Companions of the Imperial Service Order, as were ten officers of the Newfoundland government between 1903 and 1949.

Canada’s recipients of the ISO were:

May 28, 1903: John Mortimer Courtney, Esq.,C.M.G., Deputy Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.
William Gramris Parmelee, Esq., Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce of the Dominion of Canada.
Charles Jerome Jones, Esq., Chief Clerk, Office of the Secretary to the Governor-General of the Dominion of Canada.
Col. Donald A. MacDonald, Chief Clerk and Chief Superintendent of Stores, Department of Militia and Defence of the Dominion of Canada.
Eivas Tully, Esq., Consulting Architect and Engineer, Department of Public Works of the Province of Ontario.
Eugene Etienne Taché, Esq., Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines, and Fisheries of the Province of Quebec.
Martin Murphy, Esq., Provincial Engineer of the Province of Nova Scotia.
James Scott Beek, Esq., Auditor-General of the Province of New Brunswick.
Lt.-Col. Richard Wolfenden, King’s Printer,  Province of British Columbia.
Solon William McMichael, Esq., Chief Inspector of Customs, Toronto, Dominion of Canada.
Augustus Power, Esq., B.C.L., K.C., Chief Clerk of the Department of Justice of the Dominion of Canada.
Frederick Montizambert, Esq., M.D., Director-General of Public Health, Department of Agriculture of the Dominion of Canada.

Feb. 19, 1904: Robert Bell, Esq., LL.D., M.D., D.Sc., F.R.S., Acting Director of the Department of Geological Survey, Dominion of Canada.
David Ewart, Esq., Chief Architect, Department of Public Works, Dominion of Canada.
Edwin Gilpin, Esq., Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Inspector of Mines, Province of Nova Scotia.
John Uriah Gregory, Esq., Agent at Quebec of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, Dominion of Canada.
John George Hodgins, Esq., LL.D., M.A., F.K.G.S., Librarian and Historiographer of the Education Department, Province of Ontario.
Lt.-Col. Acheson Gosford Irvine, Warden of the Manitoba Penitentiary, Dominion of Canada.
Lt.-Col. Henry Robert Smith, Sergeant-at-Arms, House of Commons, Dominion of Canada.

June 24, 1904: Antoine Alphonse Boucher, Esq., First Clerk Assistant Master in Chancery, Senate of the Dominion of Canada.
Antoine Gobeil, Esq., Deputy Minister of Public Works of the Dominion of Canada.
Gustave Grenier, Esq., Clerk of the Executive Council of the Province of Quebec.
David Pottinger, Esq., General Manager, Government Railways, Dominion of Canada.
John Roberts Wallace, Esq., Assistant Receiver-General, Department of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.

June 30, 1905: Laurence Fortescue, Esq., Chief Clerk, Office of the Comptroller, North West Mounted Police, Dominion of Canada.

June 29, 1906: George Levack Bower Fraser, Esq., K.C. Chief Clerk, Department of Justice, Dominion of Canada.
Louis Kossuth Jones, Esq., Secretary, Department of Railways and Canals, Dominion of Canada.
Juchereau de Saint-Denis Le Moine, Esq., Sergeant-at-Arms, Senate of the Dominion of Canada.
Joseph Pope, Esq., C.M.G., Under Secretary of State and Deputy Registrar-General of the Dominion of Canada.
Edward Davenport Sutherland, Esq., Assistant Auditor-General of the Dominion of Canada.

June 26, 1908: George Nealon Babbit, Esq., Deputy Receiver-General of the Province of New Brunswick.
John Fraser, Esq., Auditor-General of the Dominion of Canada.
Alexander George Denison Taylor, Esq., Clerk of English Journals, House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada.

June 25, 1909: William John Gerald, Esq., Deputy Minister of Inland Revenue of the Dominion of Canada.
George Ross, Esq., Chief Post Office Superintendent for the Post Office Department, Dominion of Canada.

June 19, 1911: Frank Stewart Checkley, Esq., Chief of School Lands Branch, Department of the Interior, Dominion of Canada.
Narcisse Omer Cote, Esq., Chief of Land Patents’ Branch, Department of the Interior, Dominion of Canada.
Sidney Smith, Esq., Controller of Postal Stores, Post Office Department, Dominion of Canada.
William Smith, Esq., Secretary and Archivist, Post Office Department, Dominion of Canada.

June 14, 1912: William Henry Walker, Esq., Chief Clerk, Department of External Affairs, Dominion of Canada.

June 3, 1913: William Cochrane Bowles, Esq., Chief Clerk of English Votes and Proceedings, House of Commons of Canada.
William Joseph Lynch, Esq., Chief of the Patent Office, Department of Agriculture, Dominion of Canada.

June 22, 1914: William Himsworth, Esq., Deputy Minister of Inland Revenue, Dominion of Canada.
Henry Turner Machin, Esq., Assistant Treasurer of the Province of Quebec.

June 3, 1916: Édouard Gaeton Daniel Deville, Esq., Surveyor-General, Topographical Surveys, Dominion of Canada.
Frederick Joseph Glackmeyer, Esq., Sergeant-at-Arms of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

June 3, 1919: Frank Henry French, Esq., Inspector, Royal North West Mounted Police, Dominion of Canada.

June 2, 1925: Arthur Harold Wyld Cleave, Esq., M.I.M.E., Deputy Master, Royal Mint, Ottawa, Canada.

June 3, 1935: George Clayton Anderson, Esq., Superintendent of Mail Service Branch, Post Office Department, Dominion of Canada.
Joseph Oscar Patenaude, Esq., King’ s Printer, Department of Public Printing and Stationery, Dominion of Canada.
Lt.-Col. Herbert Victor Rorke, D.S.O., lately Chief Accountant of National Revenue, Customs and Excise Divisions, Dominion of Canada.
Donald Henry Ross, Esq., lately Trade Commissioner in Australia of the Dominion of Canada.
David John Scott, Esq., Collector of Customs and Excise, Dominion of Canada.
Harrison Watson, Esq., lately Chief Government Trade Commissioner in the United Kingdom for the Dominion of Canada.

June 2, 1943: Arthur Stanley Barnstead, Esq., B.A., LL.D., Deputy Provincial Secreary and Clerk of the Executive Council of the Province of Nova Scotia.
Avila Bedard, Esq., Deputy Minister of Lands and Forests of the Province of Quebec.
Frederick Charles Blair, Esq., Director of Immigration, Department of Mines and Resources, Dominion of Canada.
Charles F. Bulmer, Esq., Clerk of the Executive Council of the Province of Ontario.
Henry Cathcart, Esq., Deputy Minister of Lands of the Province of British Columbia.
Peter T. Coolican, Esq., Assistant Deputy Postmaster General, Dominion of Canada.
John Joseph Heagerty, Esq., M.D., C.M., Director of Public Health Services, Department of Pensions and National Health, Dominion of Canada.
John Goodwill MacPhail, Esq., Director of Marine Services, Department of Transport, Dominion of Canada.
Hugh Denyes Paterson, Esq., Inspector of Income tax for the Toronto District, Dominion of Canada.
Domitien Thomas Robichaud, Esq., Superintendent, Bureau for Translations, Department of the Secretary of State, Dominion of Canada.

July 1, 1946: Robert Albert Andison, Esq., Clerk of the Executive Council of the Province of Alberta.
Hormisdas Beaulieu, Esq., Secretary, Post Office Department, Dominion of Canada.
Ernest H. Blois, Esq., Deputy Minister of Public Welfare of the Province of Nova Scotia.
Jules Castonguay, Esq., Chief Electoral Officer, Dominion of Canada.
James Howell Evans, Esq., Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Province of Manitoba.
Henri Fortier, Esq., Chief Inspector for Rigaud, Quebec, Post Office Department, Dominion of Canada.
Roy Alexander Gibson, Esq., Director of Lands, Parks and Forests Branch, Department of Mines and Resources, Dominion of Canada.
Arthur Leigh Jolliffe, Esq., Director, Immigration Branch, Department of Mines and Resources, Dominion of Canada.
Francis Vickers Johns, Esq., Assistant Provincial Secretary and Deputy Registrar-General of the Province of Ontario.
Edward B. Jost, Esq., General Superintendent of Canals, Department of Transport, Dominion of Canada.
Charles Edward Lafontaine, Esq., Inspector of Customs and Excise, Montreal, Quebec, Department of National Revenue, Dominion of Canada.
Thomas Lax, Esq., Deputy Provincial Treasurer of the Province of Saskatchewan.
Harold Lewis, Esq., General Executive Officer, Department of National Revenue, Dominion of Canada.
Louis Broderick Macmillan, Esq., Deputy Minister of Public Works of the Province of Prince Edward Island.
Chester Payne, Esq., Deputy Minister of National War Services, Dominion of Canada.
Gilbert Hudson Prince, Esq., Deputy Minister of Lands and Mines of the Province of New Brunswick.
James Arthur Rod, Esq., Director of Fish Culture, Department of Fisheries, Dominion of Canada.
Walter Clifton Ronson, Esq., Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance, Dominion of Canada.
Col. Charles Henry Ludovic Sharman, C.M.G., C.B.E., Former Chief, Narcotics Division, Department of National Health, Dominion of Canada.
Joseph Gaudiose Aime Valin, Esq., B.Sc., formerly Chief Dominion Analyst, Department of Health and Welfare, Dominion of Canada.
Ivan E. Vallee, Esq., Deputy Minister of Public Works of the Province of Quebec.
Paschal Walker, Esq., Deputy Provincial Secretary of the Province of British Columbia.
Ernest Owen Way, Esq., Director, Weights and Measures Service, Department of Trade and Commerce, Dominion of Canada.

Newfoundland’s recipients of the ISO were:

Feb. 19, 1904: John Roche McCowen, Esq., Inspector-General of Constabulary.
June 21, 1904: The Rev. Canon William Pilot, D.D., D.C.L., Superintendent of Church of England Schools.
June 29, 1906: Thomas Long, Esq., Deputy Minister, Department of Agriculture and Mines.
June 25, 1909: Joseph O’Reilly, Esq., Inspector, Revenue Preventive Service, Island of Newfoundland.
June 22, 1914: Francis Cyrus Berteau, Esq., Comptroller and Auditor-General.
June 5, 1920: Richard Horton O’Dwyer, Esq., Commissioner of Public Charities.
May 11, 1937: Herbert Rendell, Esq., M.B., C.M., formerly Superintendent of the Tuberculosis Sanatorium.
June 2, 1943: Hugh Hunter Cowperthwaite, Esq., M.D., M.S., Visiting Surgeon, Department of Public Health and Welfare.
June 8, 1944: George Richard Cake, Esq., First Clerk in the Department of Home Affairs.
June 12, 1949: Charles Frederick Taylor, Esq., lately Collector of Customs, Class I.

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