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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Erickson War Memorial (First Street SW, Erickson, Municipality of Clanwilliam-Erickson)

In 1947, Peter K. Peterson of Erickson donated two lots to the Erickson Legion Branch No. 143 to build a Legion Hut and Cenotaph. The cenotaph was built by Ted Neilson, Wyman Miller, Enoch Ehlin and John Marcino. For many years, a memorial service was held in August or September at the site. In 1964, the Legion purchased the Scandia Hall on First Street and the former location was sold to Parkwood Auto. The cenotaph could not be moved so its plaque was removed and stored in the Legion Hall. In 1979, a new cenotaph was built at a cost of $1,600, commemorating Second World War personnel killed overseas.

Erickson War Memorial

Erickson War Memorial (July 2011)
Source: Christian Cassidy

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.49740, W99.91626
denoted by symbol on the map above

Second World War




Birth Date

Death Date

Gordon Lennard Carlson

Royal Winnipeg Rifles


11 July 1918

25 September 1944

John Gibson Clarke

Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps


1 March 1924

28 February 1945

Harry Erickson

10 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

21 April 1922

29 June 1943

Joseph Grodecki

405 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

14 September 1921

23 April 1944

Oliver John Haralson

419 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force


18 October 1912

14 May 1943

Stephen Kozak

4 Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps


14 January 1910

12 March 1943

George William Mayor

424 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

27 September 1924

25 April 1944

Donald Maurice Neilson

420 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Officer

5 June 1925

18 April 1945

William Edward O’Brien

Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada



19 August 1942

Joseph Raymond Pollon

Royal Canadian Air Force


13 June 1924

28 May 1944

Thomas Paul Podruski

South Saskatchewan Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps


24 December 1922

28 August 1944

Everett Raymond Rognan

408 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Officer

5 August 1920

27 April 1944

James Allen Reid

Royal Winnipeg Rifles


22 December 1917

8 June 1944

Nigel Reid

Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), Royal Canadian Infantry Corps


28 June 1904

26 December 1942

Harry T. Sharp

Royal Winnipeg Rifles


20 January 1908

4 July 1944

Matthew Donald Smith

2 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery


12 December 1916

25 July 1944

Thomas William Vaughan

4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps


13 March 1923

1 September 1944

Fred Edward Wickstrom

Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Officer

28 April 1919

25 October 1942

John Shaw Winder

101 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

8 May 1922

17 June 1944

Gerald Harvey Woodcock

78 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

18 October 1918

30 July 1943

Kenneth John Woodcock

Royal Winnipeg Rifles


8 July 1920

30 March 1945

John Fyfe Young

4 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery


16 September 1922

23 August 1944


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 (

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).

We thank Beryl Parrott for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Darryl Toews, Tim Worth, and Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 26 January 2021

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