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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Balmoral Monuments / Balmoral School No. 1710 (Balmoral, RM of Rockwood)

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A set of three monuments in front of the Balmoral public school commemorate local residents who died serving in Canadian military forces during the First World War and the Second World War; and pioneers of the Balmoral area. The first European settlers arrived in this area in the early 1870s and, in 1877, a Methodist church was constructed on land belonging to John Peden. A year later, the first Balmoral School opened, named after Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in the area in 1898, a grain elevator was constructed by the Northern Elevator Company, and Balmoral became a thriving agricultural community.

Principals

Period

Principal

1914-1915

Joseph Henry Peadon (1860-1923)

1915-1917

George Andrew Duncan (1890-1975)

1917-1918

Claude Elmer Luther Hogarth Law (c1881-1959)

1918-1919

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1919-1922

Richard A. Fines (c1872-1966)

1922-1923

D. H. Lent

1923-1925

John Sigfus Helgason (?-1978)

1925-1927

Elmenia Jean Mollard (1901-1991)

1927-1928

A. S. Moore

1928-1931

Jacob Truthwaite Norquay (1884-1976)

1931-1934

Gudmundur Olafur Thorsteinson (1888-1934)

1934-1936

Albert Edward Reid (1902-1990)

1936-1937

William Alfred Lorne McFarland (1908-1990)

1937-1938

Percy Albert Lanham (1911-1999)

1938-1940

James Kenneth Mackay (c1912-1968)

1940-1942

Ernest W. Nemish (1913-2002)

1942-1943

George William Chidley (c1908-1972)

1943-1944

Helen L. Ward

1944-1945

M. E. Crawford

1945-1946

Helen L. Ward

1946-1947

John Osborn Wilson (1900-1972)

1947-1949

Alice R. Plante

1949-1950

John Peter Packota (?-?)

1950-1951

Willard Ervin Rife (1890-1970)

1951-1953

Samuel Stewart Bryan (1889-?)

1953-1955

Ernest Nakka (1913-1970)

1955-1956

David Langton MacDonald (1911-1957)

1956-1959

William George Hume (1902-1967)

1959-1960

S. B. Jorgenson

1960-1961

Andrew Alexiuk

Teachers

No information.

Photos & Maps

Balmoral School

Balmoral Consolidated School (no date) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 21.

Balmoral Consolidated School

Balmoral Consolidated School (1919)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 4, Page 23.

Balmoral Cairns

Balmoral monuments (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.25653, W97.31712
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Hewitt Anderson

Clerk

Royal Canadian Army Regiment

Private

1895

30 March 1917

George Henry Brown

Draftsman

4th Army Troops Company, Canadian Engineers

Sapper

1890

14 November 1916

Angus John Gardiner

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

12 November 1917

James McKenzie

Teamster

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1880

25 April 1915

James Langford Porter

Carpenter

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1890

2 March 1916

Stanley Brunskill Cowley Webb

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Corporal

1895

15 August 1917

Second World War Casualties

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

John Leonard Baldock

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Private

27 August 1923

10 December 1943

David William Bowes

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

20 December 1919

27 February 1944

Albert Brown

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

4 May 1915

23 July 1943

Allister Currie McLeod

426 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

25 October 1922

1 November 1944

Norman Stanley McLeod

426 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Warrant Officer Class II

8 December 1920

3 November 1943

Norman Styne

Royal Canadian Air Force

Aircraftman First Class

18 September 1921

31 January 1941

Alexander George Thomson

162 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant

21 August 1911

3 April 1945

Keith Minshull Walley

426 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

18 September 1922

5 April 1943

Kenneth Richard Walley

410 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant

20 November 1915

20 October 1944

George Ronald Watson

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

30 May 1923

23 May 1944

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.

For the names of First World War casualities from Manitoba who do not appear on any physical monument in the province, see the Manitoba Historical Society War Memorial. If you know of a name that is omitted from this list, please contact the MHS War Memorial Researcher Darryl Toews (darryl@mhs.mb.ca).

Soldiers of the First World War - Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada.

Financial support for research reported on this page was provided by the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program (2015-2016).

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 23 January 2017

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