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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Picton Brereton (1892-1976)

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Alexander Picton Brereton
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War hero.

Born at Oak River on 13 November 1892, he was educated at Hamiota School. As a member of the 8th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles (the “Little Black Devils”), he won a Victoria Cross at Aubrecourt (Battle of Amiens) in 1918 by single-handedly capturing an enemy machine-gun post. He moved to Elnora, Alberta after the war, where he farmed 640 acres. He later served in the Second World War as a quartermaster sergeant based at Red Deer. He died at Three Hills, Alberta in 1976.


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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Ian Stewart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2017

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