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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest John Jewers (1890-1966)

Banker, civil servant.

Born at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England on 12 August 1890, son of Oliver Jewers and Hannah Helen Pippett, he was educated at St. Albans School. He came to Winnipeg in 1912 and worked as a clerk with the Home Bank of Canada. In 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private with the 27th Battalion. He was deployed to France between 1915 and 1918, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He returned to Winnipeg in 1919 and worked for the Imperial Oil Company. In 1920, he joined the Province of Manitoba Savings Office (North End Branch), becoming the manager of the system in 1924. The bank closed during the Great Depression, around 1932, after he which joined the Manitoba civil service as Registraar of of Securities. He was later Comptroller of the Department of Attorney General until retirement around 1956.

On 4 December 1920, he married Kathleen Victoria Green (1897-1984) and they had a daughter and a son. He was a member of the Winnipeg Canoe Club and United Church. He recreations included cricket and football. In 1925, he resided at 175 Kingston Row in St. Vital.

He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 28 November 1966.


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

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Kathleen Victoria Jewers], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1984, page 42.

We thank Gerald Jewers for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 February 2020

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