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The third son of author Charles Dickens, Inspector Francis Jeffrey Dickens joined the North West Mounted Police in October 1874 having previously served in the Bengal Police.
From 1874-1886 he served at Forts Dufferin, Livingstone, Macleod, Walsh, Pitt and Battleford as well as The Blackfoot Crossing. He was in charge of Fort Pitt during the Rebellion of 1885 when it was under attack.
He died suddenly in Moline, Illinois at age 42.

Inspector Francis Jeffrey Dickens, NWMP. Pen and ink sketch above, created for the London Illustrated News, 1884.Glenbow photo NA-2483-7

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Officers of the NWMP within Fort Walsh, Cypress Hills, 1879.Sub-Inspector F.J. Dickens second in from left in back row.
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Inspector F. J. Dickens and the men of the NWMP on parade at Fort Pitt, 1884. Dickens is the bearded man at the right of the photo holding his white gloved left hand to his sword. Dickens' sword is now on display in the RCMP museum, Regina, Saskatchewan together with his 1885 campaign medal. Second in from the right (partially shown) is Constable David Cowan who would be killed in sight of the fort in March 1885.
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Fort Walsh in 1878 looking to the south west - towards Montana. The trail to both Coal Banks and Fort Benton (both on the Missouri River) led to the south west from Fort Walsh. Battle Creek trickles between the fort and the far hill. The cemetery is located on a rise behind the photographer.
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This photo was taken at Fort Pitt in 1884. The group includes Inspector F.J. Dickens, second in from the left - the only bearded man in the group. 
Glenbow photo NA-1193-9

This sketch for the London Illustrated News is a fictional artist's rendering of the attack of March 27, 1885 on Fort Pitt. One member of the NWMP was killed within sight of the fort and his heart was cut out and eaten. Another man was wounded, feigned death then crawled to the fort.
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NWMP horse grazing area named Graburn Coulee in the Cypress Hills after the 1879 murder of Constable Graburn in this area. The site is north west of Fort Walsh. The photo looks to the north, the direction the trail would take from Fort Walsh to Fort Battleford.
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Members of the NWMP as stationed at Fort Walsh, Cypress Hills in 1879. Note the fort's band in the foreground. Photographer W.E. Hook, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. 
Glenbow photo NA-98-12

Mrs Dr. Jamieson
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Dr. Alexander Wallace Jamieson (1839-1889) met Inspector F.J. Dickens in an Ottawa, Ontario hotel. They struck up a friendship and Dr. Jamieson invited Francis Dickens to visit him in Moline, Illinois. Whilst in Moline Dickens read to the Jamieson children from his author father's works. The books are still in possession of the Jamieson descendants. Dr. Jamieson assisted in covering the costs of Dickens' funeral in Riverside Cemetery, Moline.
Photos courtesy of - Mr. and Mrs. Darrel (Betty) Hagberg, Moline.
Mrs. Hagberg is Dr. Jamieson's Great, Great Grandaughter.

 

Copyright 1998, David J. Carter