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Memorable Manitobans: Cyril Guy Harrold (1895-1929)


Born at Lapford, Devonshire, England on 5 August 1896, he was educated at Trent College then emigrated to Canada in April 1914. During the First World War he was prevented from military service on account of defective eyesight. He became a keen ornithologist and spent several summers making observations on behalf of the National Museum at Ottawa. He was a member of the Natural History Society of Manitoba from its inception in 1920 to his death. In 1927, he travelled to Alaska on behalf of the California Academy of Natural Sciences, spend most of his time at Nunivak, sending back “perhaps the best collection [of birds] ever made in Alaska by one individual in one summer, accompanied by valuable field notes.” He died at New York City on 4 February 1929, from a complication arising from influenza, on the eve of his departure for Madagascar as a member of a ornithological expedition.


Obituary, The Auk, volume 46, number 2, page 285, April 1929.

Obituary, Canadian Field Naturalist, volume 43, page 132, September 1929.

“Notes on the birds found at Lake Johnston and Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan during April and May, 19822” by C. G. Harrold, The Wilson Bulletin, March 1933.

Natural History Society of Manitoba, 21st Anniversary Bulletin, 1920 to 1941. Natural History Society of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2010

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