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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Power Commission War Memorial (360 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

A plaque designed by metalworker Percy Robert Marsh commemorates employees of the Manitoba Power Commission who served with Canadian military forces during the Second World War, from 1939 to 1945. Those marked with a cross were killed in action.

At one time displayed in the Commission's offices in downtown Winnipeg, it was subsequently moved to an office of Manitoba Hydro at 820 Taylor Avenue in Winnipeg, then to the Manitoba Hydro headquarters at 360 Portage Avenue where it was reinstalled in a public lobby on 7 November 2022.

Manitoba Power Commission Plaque

Manitoba Power Commission Plaque (November 2012)
Source: Amber Lahti

Manitoba Power Commission Plaque

Manitoba Power Commission Plaque (November 2022)
Source: Bruce Owen

Manitoba Power Commission Plaque

Manitoba Power Commission Plaque (March 2021)
Source: Bruce Owen

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89199, W97.14645
denoted by symbol on the map above

MPC Employees Killed in the Second World War

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Jack Montgomery Bissett DFM
[Pilot Mound, Regents Park United]

427 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Squadron Leader

10 August 1920

31 March 1944

William John Hesp

115 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Observer

16 February 1915

29 August 1942

Alphonse Jean Paul Normandeau

Royal Canadian Air Force

Warrant Officer Class I

16 November 1919

16 March 1944

Reginald Frank Piercy

429 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

16 August 1910

25 February 1945

See also:

Manitoba Business: Manitoba Power Commission / Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board / Winnipeg Hydro / Manitoba Hydro

Sources:

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).

We thank Bruce Owen (Manitoba Hydro) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Amber Lahti, Gordon Goldsborough, and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 10 November 2022

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