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Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander Dyer (1866-1931)

Soldier, general agent.

Born at Ardrisich, Argyle, Scotland on 23 March 1866, son of Captain H. M. Dyer, R.N. and Mrs. Dyer, brother of H. M. Dyer, he was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock, Devon, England. He came to Manitoba in March 1883.

Long connected with the militia, he was an instructor with Canada Permanent Forces and saw Service with the Canadian forces in South Africa during the Boer War. At the outbreak of the First World War, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Major in the 107th Battalion. He served in France until the second Battle of Ypres, after which he returned to Canada, then returned to France in February 1917 and was wounded at Vimy Ridge in April of that year. He was at the Battle of Lens, as Lieutenant-Colonel O.C. of the 10th Battalion in February 1919. He returned to Canada in August 1919 and found work as a general agent for the Manitoba Government Telephones.

On 15 June 1913, he married Mrs. M. A. Chalmers. He was a member of the Canadian Club, United Service Club, and the Anglican Church. In 1925, he lived at 147 Woodhaven, Sturgeon Creek, Manitoba.

He died at Winnipeg on 26 December 1931 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Lieut.-Col. W. Dyer expires in hospital”, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1931, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1931, page 13.

Page revised: 4 February 2010

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