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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Alexander Black (1898-1948)

Civil servant, veteran.

Born at Carman on 3 February 1898, son of William Ross Black and Catherine Sutherland, grandson of Dr. John Black, he was educated in Winnipeg as a chartered accountant. He practiced in the city before relocating to Edmonton. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was reassigned to Ottawa with the Department of Labour. He eventually became director of the Annuities Branch and held this position at the time of his death.

In 1915, he enlisted in the 61st battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving in France with the 8th Battalion. Wounded in the battle of the Somme, he recovered and spent the remainder of the war with the Royal Flying Corps. He and his wife Hazel Aleta Card, whom he married on 14 September 1929, shared one daughter, Dorine Black.

He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 19 December 1948. He was later buried in Old Kildonan Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Ex-Winnipegger H. A. Black dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 60]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 1 July 2010

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