Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 142 years

Memorable Manitobans: John Worthy Battershill (1885-1963)

Click to enlarge

John Worthy Battershill
Click to enlarge


Born at Birmingham, England on 18 June 1885, he came to Canada in 1888 and spent his childhood in the Point Douglas area of Winnipeg, attending Norquay School. He apprenticed at the Vulcan Iron Works from 1900 to 1906 then worked as a draftsman in the City Engineer’s Office to 1914 where he helped Eustace S. Estlin to design several grain elevators to be built around Manitoba. During these years, he studied engineering and received formal qualification from the Engineering Institute of Canada. In 1914, he was hired by the RM of East Kildonan to become its first engineer, responsible for designing and building sewers and other infrastructure. He held the position until retirement in 1961. On 24 June 1914, he married Marjorie Jane Andrews (1891-1954), daughter of George W. Andrews, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, and they had three sons: John Worthy Frank Battershill (1916-?), George William Battershill, and James Henry Battershill (1925-?). He was a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba (Vice-President 1944-1945, President 1946), and Masons. A life-long interest in shooting began in 1905 when he joined the 90th Regiment, winning many awards for riflery. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 21 July 1963 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 July 1963, page 18.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 June 2021

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2021 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.