About Us

The Last Post Fund’s mission is to ensure that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone, due to insufficient funds at time of death. Its primary mandate is to deliver the Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program which provides funeral, burial and grave marking benefits for eligible Canadian and Allied Veterans. In addition to delivering the Funeral and Burial Program, the Last Post Fund supports other initiatives designed to honour the memory of Canadian and Allied Veterans. It owns and manages its own military cemetery, the National Field of Honour. Moreover, the Last Post Fund has created the Unmarked Grave Program which is meant to provide military markers for unmarked Veterans’ graves. The Last Post Fund is supported financially by Veterans Affairs Canada and by private donations. "To honour and protect in death seems but a small return to those who have protected their country in life." Arthur Hair,founder A Brief History
LPF History Arthur Hair

A Brief History


. Arthur Hair LPF History
December 1908. Two policemen find a homeless man huddled in a doorway of downtown Montreal. Unconscious, the man is taken to the nearby General Hospital where he is quickly diagnosed as being a drunk and taken to a room where he could sleep it off. When the head orderly Arthur Hair looks on the so-called drunk, he notices a blue envelope sticking out of the man’s pocket. Being a Veteran of the South African War, Hair is familiar with that type of envelope. Issued by Britain’s War Office, it contains the honourable discharge of one Trooper James Daly, who has served the Empire for more than 20 years. This blue envelope represents his sole possession. owever, Trooper Daly was not drunk. Instead, he was suffering from hypothermia and malnutrition. He died 2 days later, still unconscious, at age 53. Since his body was unclaimed, his remains would be turned over to science for medical research, as was customary in those days. Hair was utterly shocked by the Empire’s disregard for its Veteran. So he raised money from friends and colleagues to give the soldier a decent and dignified funeral. Daly was then buried at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery on Mount-Royal. This was the catalyst for the creation of the Last Post Fund in Montreal, in April 1909. Trooper Daly was the first of nearly 150,000 service men and women for whom the Last Post Fund has provided financial benefits over the past century. Ever since its creation, the Last Post Fund has never failed to its mission of ensuring that no eligible Veteran is deprived of a dignified funeral and burial, and of a military grave marker, for a lack of financial resources at time of death. Our main objective is to ensure that no Veteran will ever experience the same fate as Trooper Daly. The early work of the Fund was exclusively supported by private donations. Then in 1921, it was federally incorporated and began receiving regular financial support from the Canadian Government. Public support allowed the Last Post Fund to expand its operations coast to coast. In 1998, the Last Post Fund became the sole administrator of the Veterans Affairs’ Funeral & Burial program. A national non-profit organization, the Last Post Fund’s operations are based in four (4) distinct regions, that is, Atlantic, Québec, Ontario and Western. Its head office is located in Montreal.

The First Interments

December 1908. Two policemen find a homeless man huddled in a doorway of downtown Montreal. Unconscious, the man is taken to the nearby General Hospital where he is quickly diagnosed as being a drunk and taken to a room where he could sleep it off. When the head orderly Arthur Hair looks on the so-called drunk, he notices a blue envelope sticking out of the man’s pocket. Being a Veteran of the South African War, Hair is familiar with that type of envelope. Issued by Britain’s War Office, it contains the honourable discharge of one Trooper James Daly, who has served the Empire for more than 20 years. This blue envelope represents his sole possession. owever, Trooper Daly was not drunk. Instead, he was suffering from hypothermia and malnutrition. He died 2 days later, still unconscious, at age 53. Since his body was unclaimed, his remains would be turned over to science for medical research, as was customary in those days. Hair was utterly shocked by the Empire’s disregard for its Veteran. So he raised money from friends and colleagues to give the soldier a decent and dignified funeral. Daly was then buried at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery on Mount-Royal. This was the catalyst for the creation of the Last Post Fund in Montreal, in April 1909. Trooper Daly was the first of nearly 150,000 service men and women for whom the Last Post Fund has provided financial benefits over the past century. Ever since its creation, the Last Post Fund has never failed to its mission of ensuring that no eligible Veteran is deprived of a dignified funeral and burial, and of a military grave marker, for a lack of financial resources at time of death. Our main objective is to ensure that no Veteran will ever experience the same fate as Trooper Daly. The early work of the Fund was exclusively supported by private donations. Then in 1921, it was federally incorporated and began receiving regular financial support from the Canadian Government. Public support allowed the Last Post Fund to expand its operations coast to coast. In 1998, the Last Post Fund became the sole administrator of the Veterans Affairs’ Funeral & Burial program. A national non-profit organization, the Last Post Fund’s operations are based in four (4) distinct regions, that is, Atlantic, Québec, Ontario and Western. Its head office is located in Montreal.