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Memorable Manitobans: Manitoba Inductees to the Order of the British Empire

The Order of the British Empire was the highest honour that could be conferred on a Canadian citizen, prior to the establishment of the Order of Canada in 1967, typically for exemplary military service, but sometimes for civilian activities. Persons in Manitoba who were inducted into the Order have included the following:

Inductees

Inductee

Level

Year

Peter MacDonald Abel (1890-1952)

OBE

1944

Thomas Stuart Acheson (1876-1954)

OBE

1919

Mabel Elenor Allan

MBE

1946

Mrs. John Allen

MBE

1946

Clara Mabel Allen

MBE

1946

Nevill Alexander D. Armstrong

OBE

1919

John Wakeling Baker

GBE

1954

Ralph Dennistoun Baker (1895-1960)

OBE

1946

Mary Ellen Birtles (1858-1943)

OBE

1935

Thomas Tofield Bower (1867-1968)

MBE

1935

Arthur George Bowes (1914-2013)

MBE

1945

Gordon M. Bowes

OBE

1946

Eustache Alexander Brock (1887-1977)

OBE

1945

Manifrank “Frank” Brown (1909-1959)

OBE

1945

Minnie Julia Beatrice Campbell (1862-1952)

OBE

1935

Gertrude Childs (1881-1957)

OBE

1934

Stanley Gordon Chown (1888-1949)

OBE

1919

Clair Addison Clendening (1885-1950)

OBE

1946

Ernest Baldwin Complin

MBE

1946

Edward Francis Cooke

MBE

1946

John Andrew Milton “Jam” Cook (1903-1963)

OBE

1946

Thomas Frederick “Tommy” Cooper (1891-1977)

OBE

1944

Herbert Philip Crabb (1889-1966)

MBE

1946

Andrew Currie (1911-1990)

MBE

1946

Sarah Persis Johnson Darrach (1886-1974)

MBE

1934

John Caswell Davis (1888-1953)

OBE

1946

Edgar Allan Deacon (1887-1958)

OBE

1945

Richard Lippincott Denison (1889-1980)

OBE

1946

Robert Maxwell Dennistoun (1864-1952)

CBE

1919

Wilfred James Donaldson (1895-1965)

MBE

1944

Henry Russell “Harry” Dowie (1898-1970)

MBE

1945

Frederick H. Downing

MBE

1946

David Merritt Duncan (1870-1951)

OBE

1935

Gilbert McCrea Eaton

MBE

1946

Morley Robinson Elliott (1900-1982)

OBE

1946

Edward Gurney Vaux Evans (1907-1987)

MBE

1946

John Foggie (1889-1945)

OBE

1943

Marguerita Douglas Fowler

OBE

1934

Lyle Gibson

MBE

1966

Albert Henry Stewart Gillson (1889-1954)

CBE

1943

Frederick Otto Grinke (1911-1987)

CBE

1978

John Alexander Gunn (1878-1960)

MBE

1918

Harold Stuart Hanson (1891-1984)

OBE

1943

Earl Hickson

MBE

1946

John Raymond “Jack” Hignell (1930-2015)

OBE

1996

Charles Hollenberg

MBE

1945

Alexander Jardine Hunter (1868-1940)

MBE

1935

William Burton Hurd (1894-1950)

OBE

1919

Desmond Bartholomew Kennedy

MBE

1946

Margaret MacTavish Rogers Konantz (1899-1967)

OBE

1946

John Roderick “Jack” Lindsay (1901-1998)

MBE

1946

Norman James Lindsay (1874-1959)

MBE

1919

Mads Emmet Madson

MBE

1946

Richard Sankey Malone (1909-1985)

OBE

1945

Wilfrid Reid “Wop” May (1896-1952)

OBE

1935

Thomas William McConachie

MBE

1946

Daniel J. McIntyre (1852-1946)

OBE

1935

John S. McNab

MBE

1946

Ernest Hutchison Moncrieff (1909-2000)

OBE

1945

John R. Morgan

MBE

1946

Arthur Aldridge Moss (1881-1962)

MBE

1945

Stanley Henry “Bus” Muton (1899-1971)

MBE

?

Daniel Stewart Ormond

MBE

1946

Arthur Ernest Parker

MBE

1946

William James Parker (1896-1971)

MBE

1946

Edwin Allee “Monte” Pridham (1883-1973)

MBE

1943

Lizzie Redman (c1865-1950)

?

?

Rupert Cambourne Reece (1894-1951)

OBE

1943

Conrad Sanford Riley (1916-1999)

MBE

1945

Sophie May Roblin

MBE

1946

Marian Evelyn Rowland

MBE

1946

Thomas A. Rutledge

MBE

1946

Theodore V. Sandys-Wunsch

OBE

1946

Henry Eugene “Harry” Sellers (1886-1970)

CBE

1946

Thomas M. Shields

MBE

1946

Victor Sifton (1897-1961)

CBE

1944

William John Simpson (1869-1928)

?

?

Frank Leith Skinner (1882-1967)

OBE

1943

James Smart (1888-1957)

OBE

1946

Thomas Farrar Smellie (1880-1963)

OBE

1943

George Smith (1882-1963)

MBE

1943

Marjorie Smith

MBE

1946

Maitland Bernard Steinkopf (1912-1970)

OBE

1945

Lillian Carter Stephens (1876-1957)

MBE

1935

Kenneth Bowring Stoddart (1877-1961)

CBE

?

A. Marguerite Swan

MBE

1943

John Francis Sweeney (c1881-1951)

OBE

1946

Victor Hubert Tait

KBE

1944

Ethel Lily May Thorpe (c1908-2001)

OBE

1956

Sveinn Thorvaldson (1872-1949)

MBE

1935

Annette Louise Treble (1932-2010)

?

1978

George Eric Tritschler (1901-1993)

OBE

1945

Mary Ivadell Warner

MBE

1946

Jean Lobell Whiteford

MBE

1946

Mrs. John Whyte

OBE

1946

Norman George Wilson-Smith

MBE

1945

George Joseph Anderson Young

MBE

1946

Levels (descending order of precedence)

Levels

 

GBE = Knight Grand Cross / Dame Grand Cross

KBE = Knight Commander / Dame Commander

CBE = Commander (regional and national levels)

OBE = Officer (local and regional levels)

MBE = Member (local level)

See also:

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Inductees to the Order of the British Empire

Manitoba Recipients of the Canadian Centennial Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal

Manitoba Members of the Order of Canada

Members of the Order of Manitoba

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt

Recipients of the Manitoba Centennial Medal

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Crocus

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame

Sources:

“In New Year’s honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1934, page 2.

“4 Winnipeggers will be honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1943, page 12.

“9 Manitobans among army men honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1945, page 1.

“Air Personnel of Province honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1945, page 1.

“12 Manitobans win Army honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1945, page 1.

“Navy awards for seven Manitobans,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1945, page 1.

“Air Force honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1945, page 2.

“Army honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1945, page 2.

“Forty Manitobans inducted in Dominion Day honour list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1946, page 1.

“Manitobans,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1946, page 4.

British Orders to Canadians

We thank Michael Andrews, Kelly Cook, James Arnett, and Wilf Donaldson Jr. for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by James Kostuchuk, Nathan Kramer, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 March 2017

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