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Memorable Manitobans: George Smith (1882-1963)


Born at St. Cyrus, Scotland, he served in the Boer War with the First Scottish Horse. He emigrated to Canada in 1905 and joined the Winnipeg Police Department, beginning 42 years of continous service. In 1921 he was made Chief of Detectives and, the following year, Acting Chief of the Manitoba Provincial Police. In 1934, he became Chief of Police. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his work during the Second World War. He was a member and chair of the Board of Managers of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, and member and president of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg. He died at Winnipeg on 7 February 1963 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

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

A Proud Heritage: A History of The St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg 1871-1982 by Thomas Saunders, Winnipeg: Peguis Publishers (1982).

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1963.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 November 2017

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