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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Holland Locke (1887-1980)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Morden on 16 September 1887, son of Corbet Locke and Esther Alice Holland, he was educated locally and, after apprenticing in a Morden law firm, he moved to Winnipeg to article under A. B. Hudson. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1910 and the British Columbia Bar in 1928. He joined the law firm of Machray, Sharpe and Dennistoun and practiced for a few years before joining the Canadian Expeditionary Force and serving overseas, where he was awarded the Military Cross. He resumed his legal practice on return from military service and served as a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba (1925-1928).

In 1947, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada and served until 1962. An expert in common law, he took a special interest in cases from Western Canada. In 1971, he was admitted to the Order of Canada in recognition of his legal service to the country.

He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 30 May 1980.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Michener honors 34 Canadians,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1971, page 46.

“Morden birthplace for deceased judge,” Brandon Sun, 5 June 1980, page 6.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Charles Holland Locke, Supreme Court of Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 August 2019

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