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Memorable Manitobans: George Burnett (1888-1940)

Police officer.

Born at Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 12 December 1888, he worked there as a policeman before emigrating to Canada. In June 1911, he became a member of the Winnipeg police force, working as a patrolman, jailer, and motorcycle constable before being promoted to detective in 1923. He gained the rank of sergeant in June 1936 and transferred to the morality department, becoming its head in September 1937, following the retirement of Inspector William Eddie. He was an ardent gardener and curler, and was a member of the Masons (St. John’s Lodge) and Young United Church. He died suddenly while on holiday at Edmonton, Alberta on 14 August 1940 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“Inspector Burnett dies at Edmonton,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1940, page 4.

“Funeral service for George Burnett held on Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1940, page 8.

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 September 2014

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