Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Allee “Monte” Pridham (1883-1973)
Born at Winnipeg on 16 April 1883, the son of George Albert Pridham (who came to Manitoba as a member of the 1870 Wolseley expedition) and grandson of Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Pridham of Grenville, Quebec. He attended St. John’s College and the University of Manitoba.
He graduated in law in 1910, was called to the bar in 1911, and entered the Land Titles Branch in 1912. In the First World War, he was decorated with the Military Cross and Ordre de l'Etoile Noire of France. Later, he was a Commanding Officer of the Manitoba Mounted Rifles from 1929 to 1935, a member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division ) in 1943, and Honourary Colonel in the Canadian Army since 1943. He succeeded S. M. Battram as Registrar General of Manitoba, serving from 1940 to 1948. He was also Commandant of the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires since 1941, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Headquarters of the Corps since 1955.
In 1920, he married Helen Agnes Haverson (1896-1931), daughter of J. H. Haverson. They had one son, Edwin Blain Pridham. He remarried in 1936, to Helen Scott Munro. He was a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Manitoba Historical Society, Manitoba Bar Association, University of Manitoba Alumni Association, Canukeena Club, Kipling Society of London, and the Royal Canadian Legion.
He died at Winnipeg on 20 May 1973.
His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
“4 Winnipeggers will be honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1943, page 12.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1973, page 35.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 August 2015