Memorable Manitobans: William Molloy (1877-1917)
Land surveyor, MLA (1910-1914).
Born at Arthur, Ontario on 28 October 1877, son of John Molloy and Mary Alice Daly, brother of John Patrick Molloy and Thomas Boniface Molloy, he came to Manitoba in 1879 and was educated at Emerson School and the University of Minnesota, receiving a teacher’s certificate from the latter.
From 1898 to 1900, he worked as a school teacher in Manitoba, and was a land surveyor with his father’s firm of John Molloy & Sons from 1900 to 1912. He then working in railway contracting with his brother Thomas. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature, representing the LaVerendrye constituency, at the 1910 general election, and served one term, being defeated in 1914 and 1915 by Jacques Parent.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, and Catholic Order of Foresters. In 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went overseas with Canadian military forces with the rank of Lieutenant.
He was killed at Vimy Ridge on 10 April 1917 and was buried in the Bois-Carre British Cemetery at Thelus, France.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1915.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Lieut. W. Molloy is killed at Vimy Ridge,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 April 1917, page 4.
“Thomas B. Molloy, former M.L.A., dies in Montreal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1948, page 4.
Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada.
We thank Connor Mah and Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 April 2022