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Memorable Manitobans: Lawrence Sylvester Deacon (1911-1948)


Born in England, he came to Canada with his mother in 1919. During World War Two he served with the Fort Garry Horse and was wounded in France. He was arrested in 1946 and charged with the murder of a Winnipeg taxi driver. The evidence was circumstantial, and Deacon insisted that he was innocent. After two trials and despite petitions for clemency signed by over 15,000 Manitobans, he was hanged at Headingley Jail on 16 April 1948.

More information:

Watch the Rope by W. E. Morriss (1996).


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

Page revised: 29 February 2008

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