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Memorable Manitobans: Gerald Bate Aldous (1885-1946)

Athlete, businessman.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 25 January 1885, son of Montague Aldous and Mary Agnes Bate, he came to Winnipeg at an early age and resided there for the rest of his life. He attended Fort Rouge School and Alexandra School. During the First World War, he served in France as a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was a founder and vice-president of the Dominion Knitting Company.

On 7 October 1916, he married Marjorie Mary Galt (1888-?), daughter of George F. Galt, at Winnipeg. They had four children: Margaret Galt Aldous (b 1917), George Galt Aldous (1920-2005), Mary Eileen Aldous (b 1921), and Allan Aldous (b 1922). An active member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club, he was a member of the team which won the 1910 Steward’s Cup with Conrad Riley. He played hockey with the Winnipeg Victorias and was a member of the Manitoba Club and St. Charles Country Club. At the time of his death, the family lived at 238 Oxford Street, Winnipeg.

He died on 17 September 1946 of a heart attack suffered while duck hunting at Delta Marsh, Manitoba. He was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Sources:

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Attestation Papers, Library and Archives Canada.

“Season’s tragic opening,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1946, page 1.

“Many active in city’s life today attended Alexandra” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1949.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 June 2014

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