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Memorable Manitobans: Ronald Edward Alfred Morton (1901-1976)

Soldier.

Born in Toronto, he joined the army at the age of 19, graduating from the Royal Military College in 1923. He commanded the Fort Garry Horse in the Normandy invasion, and was frequently decorated for his service. After the war he took over Prairie Command in 1949. In 1950 he was put in command of flood control in Manitoba during the flood emergency. He kept morale high and helped to keep casualties and injuries to a minimum. Under his command the authorities never lost control of the situation. He received an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba in 1951. He subsequently worked with the Canadian truce team in Laos before his retirement from the army in 1955. He died in Toronto.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 July 2015

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