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Historic Sites of Manitoba: John Black Memorial Presbyterian Church / John Black Memorial United Church (898 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg)

In April 1914, a public meeting was held to organize a Presbyterian congregation in the district. A few months later, the congregation chose the name John Black Memorial Church in honour of John Black, one of first Presbyterian ministers of the west. By October 1914, the original church structure was constructed on land donated by Mr. R. A. Ross. In 1925, John Black Memorial Church joined the United Church of Canada. In August 1926, a devastating fire struck the church and the building was destroyed. Services were held in Lord Wolseley School and the Scottish Hall until a new building was erected.

In 1927, a new church designed by Winnipeg architect Edgar Prain was constructed at the northwest corner of Henderson Highway and Robert Avenue. This church was used until 1957 when a new church was built next to the church one built in 1927.

The third church was designed by the architectural firm of Smith Carter and Katelnikoff and built in 1957 by the North American Builders Limited for a cost of about $150,000. When the new church was completed, the 1927 church was converted to a Christian Education Centre. A plaque inside the church commemorates parishioners who were killed during the First World War.

Among the clerics who served at John Black Memorial was Hugh John Robertson (1918-?).

The former John Black Memorial United Church

The former John Black Memorial United Church (May 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.93282, W97.10031
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

William Douglas

Messenger

Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion

Private

1 September 1892

24 November 1918

Herbert Fletcher

?

?

?

?

?

Charles Franklin Galbraith DFC
[Law Society, Portage]

Student at law

5th Squadron, Royal Air Force

Corporal

14 May 1893

16 September 1918

William Hugh Gilchrist 
[Vimy Ridge]

Electrician

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

9 December 1893

3 June 1917

Alexander Cooper Jackson
[Next of Kin]

Call Boy

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

2 April 1898

8 August 1918

Victor Edwin Jackson
[Engineering]

Student

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

27 April 1893

14 July 1919

Alexander Muirhead

Shipper

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

27 September 1888

11 June 1916

Donald Alexander McIvor
[108 Battalion, Landmark Lodge]

Student at Law

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

10 March 1894

2 September 1917

Roderick Arthur Ross
[Manitoba College, Next of Kin, St. Lukes Anglican]

Financial Agent

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

12 February 1887

2 October 1916

Arthur Everett Tingley

Student

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

26 June 1896

28 April 1917

Charles Roderick Hugh Vivian

Farmer

Lord Strathcona's Horse

Private

18 June 1892

3 April 1918

Edward Williams

Clerk

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

13 October 1897

14 November 1917

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Black (1818-1882)

Memorable Manitobans: Edgar Prain (1881-1958)

Manitoba Business: Smith Carter and Katelnikoff

Sources:

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

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).

John Black Memorial United Church, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

John Black Memorial United Church, Manitoba Archival Information Network.

We thank Ross Wedlake for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk, Darryl Toews, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 July 2022

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