Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Ernest “Jack” Moore (1881-1950)

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Arthur Ernest Moore
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Labour leader, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Lewisham, Kent, England on 12 February 1881, he joined the Royal Navy when he was less than 10 years old and saw service around the world for the next 12 years. He came to Winnipeg in 1910 and, the following year, became employed by the Canadian Northern Railway as a painter in its Fort Rouge Shops. He joined the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America and, as chairman of the joint protective board, negotiated the first wage agreement between employees and the company.

During the First World War, he served as a Sergeant in France with the 44th Canadian Infantry Battalion. On his return to Canada he served on a Royal Commission set up by the Manitoba government to investigate employment conditions for returning veterans. In the 1920 provincial general election, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature on a soldier-labour platform. He was fired from his railway job for his political activities but was reinstated after a storm of public protest and stayed there until retirement. He was an Independent candidate for the Winnipeg constituency in the 1927 provincial general election but was defeated.

While living in England, he married Harriet Pink (1878-1925) and they had seven children, the latter three born in Manitoba: Dorothy Alice “Dot” Moore (1902-1968, wife of Harold Young), Daisy Rose Moore (1905-2003, wife of Harold Morley), Lily Dora “Lil” Moore (1906-1967, wife of Frank Schorah), Arthur Ernest “Jack” Moore (c1909-1972, husband of Emily Gagnon), Ivy Margaret Moore (1912-1974, wife of Keith Campbell Moran), Elsie Laura Frances Moore (1914-2006, wife of James Patterson), and Gladys Mary Mooore (1916-2007, wife of Robert Amos Chamberlain, divorced). The family lived at 73 Morley Avenue (1910s, c1921) and 708 Nassau Street (c1915).

He was President of the Great War Veterans Association, precursor to the Royal Canadian Legion, for 22 years. In 1934 he founded the Young Men’s United to host swimming, boxing, curling and other activities for the children of fallen soldiers. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he went overseas to help organize auxiliary services.

He died at Winnipeg on 4 October 1950 and was buried in the military section of Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registrations [Gladys Mary Mooore], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Marriage registration [Dorothy Alice Moore, Harold Young], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Daisy Rose Moore, Harold Morley], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. A. E. Moore, wife of G.W.V.A. President, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1925, page 6.

Marriage registration [Lily Dora Moore, Frank Schorah], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Gladys Mary Moore, Robert Amos Chamberlain], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Arthur Ernest Moore, Emila Gagnon], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Canadian Legion chief dies at Deer Lodge,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1950.

Obituary [Dorothy Alice Young], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 1968, page 23.

Obituary [Arthur E. Moore], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1972, page 18.

Obituary [Ivy Moran], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 December 1974, page 47.

Times of Trouble: Labour Quiescence in Winnipeg 1920-1929 by David Edward Hall, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1983, page 72.

Obituary [Daisy Rose Morley], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 2003.

Obituary [Elsie Laura Frances Patterson], Victoria Times Colonist, 20 June 2006.

Obituary [Gladys Chamberlain], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 2007.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Lloyd Warren and Donna Shaddock for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2023

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