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Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Edwin “Doug” Brown (1923-2017)

Soldier, aide-de-camp.

Born in 1923, son of Cyril and Kathleen Brown, he attended Gordon Bell High School and, in 1942, served in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In 1943, he joined the First Canadian Parachute Brigade and was taken prisoner by the Germans after his plane was shot down on D-Day (6 June 1944). After the war, he played one season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He joined the Cameron Highlanders of Canada in 1947 and, in 1960, was appointed Aide-de-Camp to Manitoba’s Lieutenant-Governor Errick Willis. He served many Lieutenant-Governors over the next 20 years. He was awarded the rank of Knight of the French Order of the Legion of honour by the President of France for his service in the Second World War. He also received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He died at Winnipeg on 12 January 2017.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 2017.

“Lives lived to the fullest, prominent Manitobans who died in 2017” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 2018.

Douglas Brown, Neil Bardal Funeral Home.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 18 October 2021

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