UPDATED – Help Identify: 1956 Photo Of Unknown RCMP Member

Photograph an unknown RCMP member taken in Vancouver in 1956 (Source of photo -




Veteran Ric Hall sent us the following information and is seeking to identify the unknown RCMP member.  Photograph was taken in 1956 in Vancouver, B.C.





Many of us growing up in Vancouver can remember walking down Granville Street, when it was a family outing, and having your picture taken by a guy on the street and as you passed you were handed a ticket stub to pick up your street photo the next day. Those thousands of pictures taken by Foncie Pulice have now become a part of the history of Vancouver. Checking my own family albums there are several of these street photos of my family members, from the 1930s through to the 1960s.

Photograph of

Photograph of Foncie Pulice – the Granville Street Photographer.

While scrolling through the web site of his photographs I found this picture of a member, taken in 1956, the notation attached to the picture is:

This picture was taken during a trip to Vancouver from Prince George on RCMP ‘escort’. The big lights of Vancouver were overwhelming to this young, fresh-from-the-Prairies constable. Usually the members of The Force stayed at Fairmont Barracks but at this time there was a course in session and that left ‘no room at the Inn’. The night was spent at the Hotel Vancouver, way over budget, but what did this young fellow know. His nickname, coincidentally was ‘Clancy.’.

1956 - Photograph of an unknown RCMP member in Vancouver BC from Prince George (Source of photo -

1956 – Photograph of an unknown RCMP member in Vancouver BC from Prince George (Source of photo -Foncie Pulice).

UPDATE – Ric has received information from RCMP VeteranJim Ackison who outlined – “member in the picture is Clare Mealing. He was probably on escort from Prince George. Clare was a drill instructor in Depot and I met him in Dauphin when he came to “D” Division. He retired from Minedossa to an Okanagan orchard and now lives in Oliver.”

You may wish to check out other street photographs taken by Foncie Pulice.  Check out the website here.

If you know who this member is, please email Ric Hall at rshall69@shaw.ca.

image of Ric Hall closing block for his Photo Corner webpage