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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Ffolliott “Harry” Gyles (1890-1975)

Lawyer.

Born at Virden on 9 August 1890, son of William John Gyles (1862-1944) and Lavinia Hamilton Rathbone (1867-1945), he was educated at Virden School then, from 1908 to 1913, articled in the Winnipeg law firm of Agnew, Craig, and Ross. During the First World War, he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps and, during the Second World War, as a Judge Advocate General in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He practiced law with his son in the firm of Gyles and Gyles, and was eventually made a Queen’s Counsel (1960).

On 8 October 1919, he married Evelyn Amy Giles at Winnipeg. They had three children: Shirley Gyles (wife of Vernon W. Paul), Nora Gyles (wife of B. J. Henderson), and Harold F. Gyles. He was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church, Charleswood Golf Club, and Winnipeg Gyro Club (President, 1947-1948).

He died at Winnipeg on 28 January 1975 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Ancestry.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

“Nine Manitoba lawyers named Queen’s counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1960, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1975, page 44.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2016

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