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Manitoba History No. 88
Manitoba
History

No. 88

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War Memorials in Manitoba
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This Old Elevator
This Old
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Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
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Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
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Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
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Memorable Manitobans: John Alexander Norris (1905-1949)

Tailor, soldier.

Born at Winnipeg on 7 August 1905, Norris worked with his father, John Sr., at the family tailor shop on Garry Street. During the Second World War, he fought at the Battle of Hong Kong and was taken prisoner in 1941. As quartermaster for the Canadian troops in his POW camp, Norris was singled out for torture and abuse. When the camps were liberated in 1945 he returned home but spent months in hospital recovering from his injuries and malnutrition. Eventually, he returned to work and was a founder and the first President of the Hong Kong Veterans Association of Canada. His wounds never completely healed and he died at his tailor shop on 8 November 1949.

See also:

Remembering Captain John A. Norris, West End Dumplings.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This profile was prepared by Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 13 January 2012

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