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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Beaconsfield Methodist Church / Beaconsfield United Church and Cemetery (Municipality of Lorne)

The wood frame Beaconsfield Methodist Church in the Municipality of Lorne was constructed in 1903, becoming a Methodist church seven years later. It became Beaconsfield United Church in 1925. Regular services were discontinued in 1955. Renovation work was done in 2022 to address foundation problems.

The earliest burial in its associated cemetery occurred in 1883. A monument on the grounds was dedicated in June 1921 to commemorate local people who served in Canadian military forces during the First World War, including the names of those who were killed. Dignitaries attending the dedication ceremony included MLAs John Sutherland Ridley, William Hooey Spinks, and Fawcett Gowler Taylor.

Aerial view of Beaconsfield United Church and Cemetery

Aerial view of Beaconsfield United Church and Cemetery (August 2022)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Beaconsfield United Church

Beaconsfield United Church (November 2016)
Source: Neil Christoffersen

Beaconsfield United Church

Beaconsfield United Church (May 2021)
Source: George Penner

Beaconsfield United Church under restoration

Beaconsfield United Church under restoration (August 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Interior of Beaconsfield United Church under restoration

Interior of Beaconsfield United Church under restoration (August 2022)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of Beaconsfield United Church under restoration

Interior of Beaconsfield United Church under restoration (August 2022)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Beaconsfield United Church

Beaconsfield United Cemetery (May 2021)
Source: George Penner

Military commemorative monument at Beaconsfield

Military commemorative monument at Beaconsfield (November 2016)
Source: Neil Christoffersen

Site Location (lat/long): N49.50203, W98.70472
denoted by symbol on the map above

Parishioners Killed During the First World War

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Jerome DeWiele

?

?

Private

?

17 April 1917

Wilfred Anthony Hedworth

Clerk

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

6 March 1883

8 October 1916

William Cecil Smith
[Treherne]

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

22 August 1892

11 May 1917

Lloyd Alexander Sparling

Engineer

Canadian Field Artillery

Corporal

3 September 1886

1 March 1918

Sources:

A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

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).

“Memorial monument unveiled at Beaconsfield,” Treherne Times, 1 July 1921, page 1.

Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine: A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, 1976, page 348.

We thank George Penner and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Neil Christoffersen, Gordon Goldsborough, and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 16 September 2022

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