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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Portage la Prairie War Memorial (Saskatchewan Avenue West, Portage la Prairie)

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A monument in Portage la Prairie was erected in commemoration of soldiers from the local area killed during military service.

Portage la Prairie War Memorial

Portage la Prairie War Memorial (June 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.97292, W98.29185
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Notes

Charles Abbott

Hospital Orderly

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1876

15 September 1916

Richard Alford

Farmer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

1885

28 September 1918

Alexander Atkinson
[St. Andrews, St. Mark’s, Selkirk]

Farmer

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

21 April 1873

6 June 1916

Sidney David Atkinson
[St. Andrews, St. Mark’s, Selkirk]

Carpenter

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1895

5 June 1916

Albert Caston Bailey

Farmer

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

26 September 1916

Joseph Herbert Bell

Farmer

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

8 October 1916

William Cecil Bell

Farmer

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

Born at Hartley, Ontario, he was farming in the Oakville area when he enlisted. He died on 29 September 1918 and was buried at the Bourlon Wood Cemetery.

Fred Blanchard

Farmer

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

6 June 1916

George Albert Boak

Farmer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1888

28 September 1918

William Creighton Bowman

Student

1st Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps

Private

1897

8 August 1918

Charles Edgar Atheling “Dykes” Bredin DSO
[Edrans, Next of Kin]

Farmer

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Major

18 August 1876

18 November 1917

Andrew Bremner

Labourer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

15 April 1917

Frank Telford Brindell

Stenographer

85th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1897

2 September 1918

Robert Ashley Bruce

Farmer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1887

10 August 1918

Charles Burdette

Farmer

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1892

5 June 1916

Cecil George Burton

Tinsmith

1st Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Dragoons

Lance Corporal

1891

Born at Eden, Ontario, he died on 10 August 1918 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Joseph Telford Cameron

Bookkeeper

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Corporal

1879

27 October 1918

David Kitchener Coburn

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1898

16 August 1918

George William Cochrane

Teacher

46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

14 April 1917

George Arthur Cockhead

Fireman

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1880

An Englishman by birth, he died on 21 June 1917 and was buried at the Berlin Communal Cemetery Extension.

George W. Code

Farmer

226th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

10 May 1919

Born at Flee Island, his family resided at High Bluff. He enlisted at Portage la Prairie. He died on 10 May 1919 and was buried at the High Bluff Methodist Cemetery.

Percy Robert Cook

Farmer

5th Company, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

1893

7 November 1917

J. Cooper

?

?

?

?

?

George Henry “Jim” Cooper
[Amaranth]

Farmer

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

13 November 1896

20 December 1916

James Alfred Corfield
[Kinosota]

Farmer

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

10 December 1895

23 May 1917

Walter Evan Cox-Smith

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

Born at High Bluff, son of Hugh and Christina Cox-Smith, after completing high school, he graduated from the Agricultural College in Winnipeg. He was wounded in battle on 4 May 1917 and was taken to the prisoner of war hospital at Cassel, Germany where he died on 19 June 1917.

James Crickmore Craig

Farmer

1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Corporal

1890

Born at Boston, Massachusetts, he was killed on 10 August 1918. His next-of-kin lived at Portage la Prairie.

Herbert Allison Crust

Student

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

29 August 1918

Gordon Richardon Thomas Cumming

Carpenter

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

13 April 1917

Francis Cuthbert Malcolm Cummings

Farmer

46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1876

3 January 1917

James Dallas

Farmer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

28 September 1918

Elmer Cecil Dalzell

Hardware Clerk

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

9 April 1917

William Daum

Hardware Clerk

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1896

28 March 1917

John Henry Davey

Clerk

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

26 June 1916

Alfred Dent

Farm Labourer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

Born at Appleby, England, he died on 10 November 1917 and is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial.

Thomas Dickson

Farmer

18th Battery, 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery

Driver

1882

He was born at Belgard, Ireland but enlisted at Portage la Prairie. He died on 13 October 1915 and was buried in the Shorncliffe Military Cemetery.

Hugh James Doherty

Accountant

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

He enlisted at Winnipeg, the place of his birth. He died on 6 June 1916.

Thomas Birtwistle Douglas

Clerk

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1890

Born in 1890 at Bury near Manchester, he attended Manchester Grammar School and had a sister living in Rookwood Bury at the time of his enlistment. Prior to the war he served with in the Officer’s Training Corps and the 18th Manitoba Mounted Rifles He was working as a clerk in Portage la Prairie prior to joining the 6th Battalion Fort Garry Horse. He was among the soldiers of the first overseas contingent. His school published an obituary noting that he won his commission through “good service in the field of battle.” He was initially reported missing while serving as a machine gun officer in operations in the Vimy area and his date of death is recorded as 28 April 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

James Robertson Duff

Dentist

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1879

He went overseas with the 79th Battalion in 1916. He served in the Ypres area, and then on the Somme as the battalion’s bombing officer. On the night of 7 October 1916, his battalion headquarters was moved to the West Miraumont Road north of Courcelette. A Canadian attack took place at 5:00 AM on 8 October. The enemy countered with an artillery barrage. He was assisting to remove wounded men from the HQ dugout when a shell struck the stairs killing him and several officers. He was buried near where he fell. Prior to the war he worked as a dentist and his first service in the military was as a recruiting officer at Portage la Prairie. He was a graduate of Arnprior High School and the University of Toronto. He was survived by his wife, Edna L. Haney, a native of Detroit, Michigan. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Charles Edgar Dykeman

Accountant

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1886

8 October 1916

Charles Samuel Dyer

Barber

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1892

Born at Holly, Ontario, he enlisted at Winnipeg. He died on 7 April 1917 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

H. C. “Jack” Favel

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

?

22 June 1917

William Henry Fidler

Farmer

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

6 September 1918

Frederick George Fletcher

Miller

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

25 April 1915

Harry James Flett

Fisherman

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

2 September 1918

Adam Fotheringham

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

8 October 1916

Albert Fraser

Section Foreman

45th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1882

9 March 1916

Allan Francis

Clerk

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1893

23 April 1917

John Henry Froats

Plumber

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1897

21 August 1917

Arthur Taylor Fulford

Telephone Lineman

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

3 May 1917

Samuel Edward Fulscher

Machinist & Steam Engineer

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1881

Born at St. Andrews, he died on 9 August 1918 and is buried in Le Quesnel Communal Cemetery.

Charles Franklin Galbraith
[Law Society]

Law Student

5th Squadron, Royal Air Force

Captain

1893

Born at Portage la Prairie on 14 May 1893, he was a law student in Winnipeg when he enlisted in February 1916. His attestation papers give his address as the Merchant’s Bank. His parents resided at Burnside. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and later served in the Royal Air Force as a pilot in 5 Squadron where he was credited with downing the first enemy aircraft during the Battle of Amiens. 5 Squadron specialized in reconnaissance work flying two-seater RE 8 aircraft. This was very dangerous work, the pilot and observer having to fly at low altitudes in order to coordinate artillery fire. 5 Squadron worked closely with the Canadian Corps and when the battle of Canal du Nord was fought, Galbraith was above the action providing zone calls on enemy artillery with “good effect” (Canadian Airmen and the First World War). He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in November 1918 for this work. The citation published in the London Gazette records “Throughout the recent operations this officer has carried out work of outstanding merit in attacking enemy troops on the ground and in obtaining information as to the position of our infantry and cavalry and those of the enemy. He has also taken photographs from very low altitudes, and which were urgently required.” Sadly, Galbraith would not live to personally receive the award. On the 15th of September he was severely wounded in a dog fight over Palluel. Despite his mortal injuries he was able to safely land the aircraft near the front lines. He died on 16 September 1918. His observer survived and he was later decorated for his attempts to save Galbraith’s life.

Victor Claude Garland

Operator

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

Born at Dorchester, England, he enlisted at Winnipeg. He died on 26 September 1916 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

John Scott Garrioch

Labourer

226th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

26 February 1916

John Gordon

Labourer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

?

1882

Born at Baltaugh, Ireland, he enlisted at Portage la Prairie. He died on 8 August 1918 and was buried in the Demuin British Cemetery.

Lorne Talmage Graham

Farmer

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1899

9 April 1917

John Henry Graham
[St. Marks]

Engineer

1st Field Company, Canadian Engineers

Private

12 May 1893

11 June 1925

Samuel Grant

Bridge Foreman

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1884

16 September 1916

Robert Stoddart Gregg
[Blenheim]

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

23 August 1896

15 September 1916

Arthur Stanley Gurnett

Printer

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1890

Born at Amcaster, Ontario, his date of death is recorded as 8 June 1916. He is commemorated at the Menin Gate, Ypres.

G. Halliday

?

?

?

?

?

James Frederick Harrison DCM

Farmer

2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

9 September 1892

6 November 1917

Clendon Charles Heath
[Law Society]

Law Student

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1 October 1892

15 September 1916

Thomas Stewart Huddlestone

Labourer

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1892

Born at Portage la Prairie, he enlisted at there. He died on 27 November 1916 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Edmund Huddlestone

Farmer

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

9 April 1917

B. Hyder

?

?

?

?

?

William Jones

Bookkeeper

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1882

15 September 1916

A. Jones

?

?

?

?

?

Thomas Kaines

Labourer

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1883

6 November 1917

James Kee

Farm Labourer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1893

Born at Portage la Prairie, his date of death is recorded as 15 September 1916. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Sidney Richard Kember MM
[Westbourne]

Machinist

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

17 November 1892

Born at Turnbridge Kent, England, his family lived at Ste. Rose du Lac at the time of his enlistment. He died on 17 May 1918 and was buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery, Extension Two.

William Thomas Kember

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1888

Born at London England, his family resided at Ste. Rose du Lac at the time of his enlistment. He died on 4 June 1918 and was buried at Bellacourt Military Cemetery.

Russell George Kemp

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1884

Born at Kingston, Ontario, he was killed on 4 September 1917. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

Ernest Henry King

Police Constable

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1886

Born at Ramsgate, England, he enlisted at Sewell. He died on 4 October 1916 and was buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery Le Havre.

Stanley King

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1892

Born at Ipswich, Suffolk, England, he died on 9 April 1918 and is buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery.

J. Larkin

?

?

?

?

?

Herbert Isaac Larmer

Saddler

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1883

9 August 1916

Frederick Henry Leppard

Cashier

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Corporal

1892

30 October 1918

Leslie Albert Link

Student

10th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery

Driver

1898

8 August 1918

John Frank Little

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

16 November 1917

Thomas Sherman Logan

Jeweller

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

8 October 1916

Albert Charles Lye

Electrician

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

26 September 1916

Frank Linklater

Steam Fitter

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1881

24 April 1915

David Lyons

Farmer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

8 August 1918

Robert Macdonald

Clerk

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1894

15 September 1916

Alexander Mackie

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1890

26 October 1917

Colin Archibald MacLennan

Farmer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1887

29 August 1917

Alexander MacVicar

Locomotive Engineer

17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Private

1880

1 July 1916

Henry Maden

Miller

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1879

8 October 1918

Claude Elliott Matthews

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

6 November 1917

William Lee Mawhinney
[Law Society]

Barrister

54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

15 June 1892

He was born at Portage la Prairie but his family eventually settled in British Columbia. He worked as a barrister and enlisted in Selkirk. He served as a Lieutenant in the 54th Kootenay British Columbia Regiment. The War Diary for this unit records an attack made on Vimy Ridge on 1 March 1917 in preparation for the well-known assault that took place about a month later. The object of this trench raid was to test the enemy fortifications and to capture prisoners for interrogation. The soldiers met fierce opposition in the form of machine gun and rifle fire. In an attack described as “disastrous,” the 54th was forced to retreat, not getting beyond the enemy’s wire. There were many casualties including 13 of the battalion’s 15 officers. Mawhinney died of wounds the following day, on 2 March 1917.

Albert Milton McCaig

Clerk

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1893

3 September 1917

Angus Norman McCuaig

Railroad Brakeman

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

8 October 1916

H. McDonald

?

?

?

?

?

William Harvey McDonald

Labourer

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

9 April 1917

Duncan Rory McGillivray

Plumber

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

Born at Kirk Hill, Ontario, he died on 13 June 1916 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Henry Stewart McIntyre

Fireman

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

2 September 1918

George Douglas McKay

Miller

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1894

11 October 1916

S. McKenzie

?

?

?

?

?

John Alexander McLeod
[St. Marks]

Rancher

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Corporal

1892

He lived at St. Mark’s but enlisted at Portage la Prairie. He died on 15 September 1916.

Alexander McNab

Telephone Inspector

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

21 August 1891

24 May 1915

Frederick Conroy Mills

Miller

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Corporal

1892

15 August 1917

Arthur Mitchell

Machinist

?

?

1893

Born at Portage la Prairie, son of Thomas Arthur Mitchell and Ella Francombe, his father was living at Bagot when he enlisted. He died on 3 October 1919 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Norman Mitchell

Moving Picture Operator

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

9 June 1916

James Moffat

Farmer

14th (Reserve) Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1890

20 February 1917

James Mudge

Carpenter

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Sergeant

1877

29 September 1918

Edgerton Dolmage Neelands

Driver Motor

Yukon Motor Machine Gun Battery, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

3 November 1882

He was the son of Catherine Matilda Neelands of 142 Tupper Street in Portage la Prairie. The family farm was 7½ miles north-east of Portage, his father coming west in 1878. His wife resided in Victoria, British Columbia. The Tread of the Pioneers records that he contracted nephritis in the trenches. He died at age 35 on 23 September 1918. (The Yukon Motor Machine Gun Battery was initially paid for and equipped by “Klondike Joe” Boyle, a wealthy Yukon mining magnate. The cap badge given to each soldier featured a gold pan and an actual gold nugget.)

John Nicholson
[Armoury]

Farm Hand

18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

20 October 1897

23 May 1917

Ira Stanley Nixon

Tinsmith

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

4 August 1917

Frank Stanley Oliver MM

Clerk

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1889

3 April 1919

Herbert Dunton Paisley

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Corporal

1891

23 May 1919

Bruce Hutton Parkinson

Bank Clerk

3rd Siege Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery

Gunner

1895

Born at Thorburg, Ontario, he died on 13 August 1917 and is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery.

David Peden

Trackman

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1887

Born at Ayrshire, Scotland, he enlisted under the alias of David Murray, and was killed on 10 November 1917. His parents lived at 10 - 10th Street, Portage la Prairie.

James Peden

Labourer

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

15 September 1916

Harold Pierson

?

18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

?

28 June 1918

Thomas Powlesland

Farm Labourer

45th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1886

3 May 1916

Frederick Harold Perry

Clerk

2nd Company, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

1897

Born at Bristol, England, he died on 26 September 1916 and is buried in the Courcelette British Cemetery.

Aylwin Murray Pratt
[Law Society]

Student at Law

186th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

2nd Lieutenant

7 September 1892

21 August 1917

Ernest Prout

Tinsmith

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1891

Born at Portage la Prairie, he died on 26 November 1917 and is buried in the Bristol Cemetery.

Norman Porteous

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

Born at Poplar Point, he died on 29 September 1918 and is buried in the Hayne Court British Cemetery.

James Allan Reid

Postal Clerk

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

1890

Born at High Bluff, he died on 26 September 1916 and is commemorated by the Vimy Memorial.

Frank Reece MM

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

1890

Born at Portage la Prairie, his parents lived on Charlton Avenue. He died on 9 August 1918 and is commemorated by Le Quesnel Memorial.

Henry Alexander Robertson
[Next of Kin, Vimy Ridge]

Broker

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1888

Born at Portage la Prairie, he joined the 28th Battalion, transferring to the PPCLI in 1915. He was promoted to Lieutenant and was serving with the 44th Battalion (Manitoba Regiment) at the time of his death on 11 May 1917. The War Diary records that the 44th was attacked with flame throwers at 3 AM in the morning, forcing the Canadians to retreat from their positions. However, “after ammunition was replenished Major Belcher led an attack in daylight, without artillery protection...”. The 44th regained their trenches but Belcher, Lieutenants Oliver and Robertson, as well as 14 other ranks were killed. The 44th was known throughout the Corps as the “hard luck” battalion owing to the severe casualty rates the unit suffered. Robertson has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Stanton Iris Robinson

Farmer

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

30 August 1896

Died on 24 July 1916

George Franklin Rose

Groomer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1897

Born at Portage la Prairie, he died on 29 September 1918 and was buried in the Haynecourt British Cemetery.

Maxime Joseph Albert St. Godard

Fisherman

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1889

Born at Lethbridge, Alberta, he died on 26 October 1918 and was buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery.

John Henry Sanders

Accountant

59th Squadron, Royal Air Force

2nd Lieutenant

1892

Born at Nottingham, England, he served as an observer in an army cooperation squadron flying RE8 aircraft. He died on 27 October 1917 from wounds received in action. He is also commemorated on the Dakeyne Street Boys Club War Memorial at Nottingham, England.

Charles Samuel Saunders

Farmer

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

Born at Devonshire, England, he died on 10 April 1917 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

F. Saunders

?

?

?

?

?

Alfred Saxton

Farm Hand

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

Born at Abby Wood, London, England, he died on 28 June 1917 and is buried in the Berlin Communal Cemetery Extension.

Charles Jackson Sharp

Teamster

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1890

26 September 1916

Gordon Sherritt

Farmer

46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

He died on 22 July 1918 and was buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery.

T. Signet

?

?

?

?

?

S. Simmonds

?

?

?

?

?

Thomas Alfred Singer

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1887

Born at Somerset, England, he died on 30 August 1917 and was buried in the Aix-Neulette Communal Cemetery Extension.

Colin Smith
[St. Eustache, Wesley College]

Cleric

203rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

29 February 1880

Born at Poplar Point, he was a Minister at Wesley College when he enlisted in 1916. The February 1918 issue of Vox Wesleyana records he was twice wounded before he was killed. He is said to have been a “strong evangelical preacher” with an unselfish character and “deep religious convictions.” He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Douglas Smith

Student

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1897

Born at Leeds, England on 22 October 1897, he moved to Portage la Prairie with his family where his father worked as a Presbyterian Minister. He was a student at the Manitoba Agricultural College and a member of University of Manitoba COTC prior to enlisting with the 196th Battalion at St. Vital in 1916. With his red hair and outgoing personality he was described as a “merry student” and “popular officer” both “fearless” and “brimming with patriotism” (Managra, November 1919). He arrived in France in the summer of 1917 where he served with the 43rd Cameron Highlanders. Losses during the battles of “Last Hundred Days” of the Canadian Corps were the worst of the war. He was killed on 28 August 1918 when the 43rd led an assault against German positions. An eyewitness reported “heaps of dead huns” and a “bunch of gas.” He was buried in the Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery and commemorated on the Manitoba Agricultural College Roll of Honour.

George Smith

Labourer

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Corporal

1883

30 September 1916

Herbert John Smith

Clerk

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

?

16 September 1916

Roy Smith
[St. Marks]

Farmer

107th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

27 January 1895

The son of H. G. and Ellen Smith of St. Marks, he died on 3 May 1919 at the age of 24.

B. Stevens

?

?

?

?

?

John Guy Stewart

Steam Engineer

Canadian Infantry

Private

1888

9 October 1918

Walter G. Taylor

Labourer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

6 July 1915

Russel Earl Thom

Farm Hand

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

27 September 1916

Norman James Thomas MM
[Wesley College]

Student

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1894

Born at Portage la Prairie, he died on 6 November 1917.

James Harrison Thompson
[Amaranth]

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

26 February 1884

31 October 1917

W. Thompson

?

?

?

?

?

Harold Tomalin

Locomotive Engineer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

2 September 1918

Frederick Leslie Trewella

Miller

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1888

25 April 1915

Lloyd Irvin True

Office Clerk

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

?

15 September 1916

Archibald James Viznaugh

Labourer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1893

15 September 1916

William Viznaugh

Labourer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1896

15 September 1916

Emerson Wales

Tinsmith

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1896

Born at Minneapolis, Minnesota, he died on 15 September 1916 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. His next-of-kin lived at Portage la Prairie.

John Edwin Watters

Labourer

31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1897

Born at Portage la Prairie, he died on 6 June 1916 and is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial.

Charles Weir

Farmer

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1882

Born in Scotland, he died on 1 July 1916 and was buried in the Larchwood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery.

Clayton George Whitman
[Trinity Baptist]

Machinist Apprentice

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1897

Born at Portage la Prairie, he died on 24 August 1917 and was buried in the Aix Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension.

Albert Edwin Wild

Labourer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1892

Born at Westbourne, he died on 10 August 1918 and was buried in the Fouquescourt British Cemetery.

Alman Clare Williams
[Law Society]

Barrister

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Major

4 November 1876

He worked at the Portage la Prairie law firm of Macpherson, Williams, and Ormond. In 1906, he bought a McLaughlin-Buick, becoming one of the community’s first automobiles owners. Prior to the war, he commanded the A Squadron of the 18th Mounted Rifles. He went overseas with the 32nd Battalion where he served as a musketry instructor prior to service at the front. He was killed on 26 September 1916 and was buried in the Albert Communal Cemetery, and is commemorated on the Bowmanville (Ontario) war memorial.

Walter Barron Wilton
[Crystal City, Morden, Next of Kin, Pharmacy]

Commission Merchant

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

26 March 1877

Born at High Bluff, he was a druggist when he lived at Morden and later worked in the produce business. At the time of his enlistment at Winnipeg on 3 September 1915, he was married to Clara Wilton and they had a young son named Harry. He was discharged in January 1916 to attend school. He completed his Officers’ Declaration paper in May 1916 and went overseas in September 1916. While in France, he had many close calls including having been “buried alive twice through shell fire and having been badly gassed.” Two of his brothers also served overseas. He was killed in action on 21 August 1917 and was buried at Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

Alfred Wortley

Farmer

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

30 June 1882

23 May 1915

Alex Ross Wright

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1898

Born at Thornbury, England, he was killed on 28 June 1917 and was buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery. His next-of-kin lived at Bagot, Manitoba.

Arthur James Young

Livery Man

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1895

8 September 1918

Second World War

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Notes

Frederick James Abel

Winnipeg Grenadiers

Sergeant

?

Killed on 28 November 1942 during the defence of Hong Kong, he was buried in Sai-Wan War Cemetery

Harold Albert Ackerman

Winnipeg Rifles

Rifleman

1925

Born at Portage la Prairie on 17 May 1925, son of Harold and Violet Edith Ackerman, he died on 11 April 1945 and was buried in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.

George Perry Armstrong

142 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

c1923

The son of Dr. George Armstrong of Portage la Prairie, his HE 99 aircraft went missing on a road to Turin, Italy on 25 November 1943. All crew members were killed. He is buried in the Florence War Cemetery at Florence, Italy. Maxie Mair, also of Portage la Prairie, was a member of the crew.

John William “Jack” Astbury

405 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant

c1923

Son of Portage la Prairie alderman Charles B. Astbury and Catherine Astbury, prior to his enlistment, he worked in the Link Manufacturing plant with his father. He trained at Paulson, Virden, and No. 7 AOS at Portage la Prairie. He served as a bomb aimer with the Pathfinders. According to the Portage Daily Graphic, “Astbury’s friends had the pleasure of hearing him broadcast directly from a plane during an operational flight over enemy territory.” It was also reported that in addition to his radio appearance he was in a movie reel entitled Target Over Berlin. He was killed on his 17th operational flight, on a night operation against Brunswick, Germany on 14 January 1944. Lancaster aircraft JA974 took a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire and blew up. He is buried in the Hanover War Cemetery at Hanover, Germany.

Arthur Esmond Barrett

Regina Rifle Regiment

Rifleman

c1923

After graduating from Portage Collegiate, he worked with his father in the shoe repair business. The D-Day invasion of Europe took place on 6 June 1944. In the following days, Canadians saw some of the heaviest fighting of the war. Barrett was part of the defense force which held off 22 Panther tanks, to their front and rear, until relieved. The Rifles held their ground, even after their headquarters had been overrun. The Canadians knocked out six of the German tanks but Barrett was killed. He was buried in Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Harold Mark Batters

401 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

c1918

Son of Harold and Rowena Batters of Portage la Prairie, he was flying a Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB on 4 December 1942 when he was shot down over the English Channel. He was buried in the Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

Lawrence John Benville

408 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

c1924

Son of John and Violet Benville, he joined the Air Force in 1943, after serving as a parachute packer at No. 7 AOS Portage la Prairie. He graduated with a commission from the No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School at Mount Pleasant and was posted overseas in April 1944. His wife and daughter were living in Portage la Prairie at the time of his death on 5 January 1945.

William Boak

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

Private

c1919

Son of Mike and Mary Boak of Portage la Prairie, he died in an accident on 20 July 1942 and was buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England.

Alvin John Braden

18th Armoured Car Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Corps

Sergeant

c1918

Born and raised in Portage la Prairie, he received his education in North Ward School, Victoria School, and Portage Collegiate. He enlisted with the Winnipeg Light Infantry in the fall of 1941 and served at the 100th Basic Training Centre. He died from a skull fracture on 19 May 1944. He was survived by his wife and son, two sisters, and six brothers.

Irvine Clifford Bradley

464 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Pilot Officer

c1923

Son of William and Margaret Bradley of Portage la Prairie, he worked at the Crescent Creamery before going overseas in 1943. He was killed on 1 January 1945 while piloting Mosquito aircraft NT431. He was buried at Heverlee War Cemetery at Leuven Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium.

Norman Conway Brown

Royal Canadian Air Force

Sergeant

c1923

Son of William Henry and Thelma Brown, he died on 26 August 1943 and was buried in the Calais Canadian Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

Michael Bulachowski

Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

Signalman

c1913

Son of Joseph and Ann Bulachowski, he died on 12 August 1944 and was buried in the Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Lloyd Graydon Burton

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Captain

1920

Born at Portage la Prairie, son of Francis and Eugenie Burton, he was an active member of the Boy Scouts and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. After graduating from Portage Collegiate, he attended the Royal Military College at Kingston, Ontario. While overseas, in November 1941, he married Avril Marie Black of London, England. He served in the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. He was killed at the Battle of Coriano Ridge in Italy on 17 September 1944, where Canadians engaged in some of the heaviest fighting of the war. Over 600 Canadians were killed there. Burton was buried at the Coriano Ridge Cemetery.

Andrew Fraser Bushell

Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Lieutenant

c1924

Son of Harold and Annie Bushell of Portage la Prairie, as a child he was active in the Boy Scouts and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. A top student at Portage Collegiate, he was studying medicine at the Manitoba Medical College when he enlisted, in 1942. He joined the British Imperial Army under a special program where Canadian officers were attached to British units owing to shortages of British-born officers. According to one newspaper account, Bushell was the youngest Lieutenant in the British Army. He sailed for Europe aboard the Cavina, a former banana boat. A veteran recalled the trip: “a wonderful group of Canadian Red Cross girls heading for overseas service … good meals and liquor at tax-free prices … some mighty fine young men like Len Bushell.” In August 1944, he was ordered to hold the bridgehead on the River Orne in Normandy, France. Their position was assaulted brutally by elements of the 12th SS Panzer Division and the 25th and 26th Panzer Grenadiers. A fellow Norfolk officer, Captain David Jamieson, was awarded the Commonwealth’s highest military award, the Victoria Cross, for the heroic defense. The citation for the VC recounted the battle: “36 hours of bitter and close fighting … when the position appeared hopeless.” Bushell was killed, on 8 August 1944, by the blast of an 88 mm tank shell fired as he was leaving his dugout. He was buried in Bayeux War Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Clifford Allan Calder

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

Private

c1920

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Calder of Portage la Prairie, he enlisted in July 1941 and went overseas in July 1942. He was killed in action in Italy on 9 October 1943 and was buried in the Bari War Cemetery in Italy.

Morris Joseph Wilbert Choquette
[Oakville]

Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Rifleman

4 August 1919

Died 8 June 1944

Robert John Levi “Bobby” Cole

Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

c1922

Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Cole of Portage la Prairie, he was an outstanding Portage Collegiate athlete. He married local girl Kathleen Dymond in January 1942, shortly after receiving his pilot’s wings at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was piloting a Wellington bomber when it stalled and crashed at Ludborough, Lincolnshire, England on 16 October 1942. He was returning from operations when the accident happened. He was buried at Grimsby Military Cemetery in England.

Stanley Hugh Collett

Royal Canadian Artillery

Gunner

c1907

Son of Ada Collette of Portage la Prairie, he died on 23 October 1940 and was buried in the Hillside Cemetery Portage la Prairie

Robert Norman Currie

Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg

Corporal

c1924

Son of Archibald H. and Gertrude M. Currie of Portage la Prairie, he enlisted in 1940 and took part in the Dieppe raid. He died on 28 April 1945 and was buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands. He was survived by his parents, four brothers, and five sisters.

Roland Edison Dann

407 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

c1917

He was born in Saskatoon but moved to Portage la Prairie where he graduated from Portage Collegiate Institute. He founded the Portage la Prairie Model Plane Club that received many trophies in provincial competition. He was employed by Lyons Garage as a bookkeeper and was an active member of study, public speaking, and young men organizations in the city. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1940 and took special courses in reconnaissance patrol work. He was the acting adjutant of his squadron at the time of his death, on 22 January 1942. His parents and a brother and sister survived him.

James Calvin Dawes

HMCS Valleyfield, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve

Able Seaman

c1922

Son of William and Laura Dawes of Portage la Prairie, he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway before enlisting in the Navy. He served aboard the frigate Valleyfield under Lt. Cdr. D. T. English. On Sunday, 7 May 1944, the Valleyfield was part of escort group C-1, 50 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, that was protecting shipping convoys to Europe. Near midnight, the convoy crossed straight into the path of Germany submarine U-548, commanded by Kapitanleutenant Eberhard Zimmerman. At 1,500 meters, Zimmerman fired a torpedo at Valleyfield’s bow. The sound was detected on Valleyfield but too late to maneuver out of the way. The torpedo tore through the boiler room. A survivor recounted the direct hit: “a terrific explosion … twisted metal flying skywards … escaping steam … crashing superstructure.” The ship broke in two and the forward section sank in less than two minutes. Of 163 sailors, only 38 survived. Dawes has no known grave and is commemorated by the Halifax Memorial at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
He was killed on 7 May 1944.

Orval Clarence Dunn

Royal Canadian Air Force

Sergeant

c1915

Son of George H. Dunn and Arabella V. Dunn of Portage la Prairie, on 22 March 1943 he was killed on board Tiger Moth R5203 at 2 Elementary Flying Training School when the aircraft dived into the ground at RAF Moreton-in-Marsh. He was buried in the Moreton-in-Marsh New Cemetery at Gloucestershire, England.

Nicholas Frederick Durban

75 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

?

He was educated in Portage la Prairie public schools and the Collegiate. He later took special course work in refrigerator work in Chicago. He had a brother in the RCAF and a sister who worked as a nurse. His parents lived on 525 Sixth Street. He went overseas in September 1940. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial at Surrey, England.

John Frederick Edwards

9 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

?

Son of Fred and Margaret Edwards of Portage la Prairie, as a child he was active in the St. Mary’s Anglican Church. After enlisting, he studied gunnery at Paulson. He was reported missing in January 1943, his family receiving word that he was presumed dead in September.

Edward William Edwards

Royal Canadian Artillery

Gunner

21 January 1911

He died on 22 July 1941.

Ross Pringle Fahrni
[Gladstone, Law Society]

172 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Observer

c1921

Son of Stanley Harrison Fahrni and Edith Josephine Fahrni of Portage la Prairie, he was an observer in HX482, a Wellington VIII (Leigh Light) bomber, when he was killed on 19 August 1942. The aircraft was piloted by Gordon Jamieson and was flying an air test with eight people on board, including an American air force officer and a ground crew member. It was a non-combat mission. While flying over Swansea Bay in broad daylight and good visibility, the aircraft was attacked by anti-aircraft gunners on the American ship USS Gulf of Mexico. The Wellington crashed in the bay. There were no survivors. He was buried in the Killay Churchyard, Glamorganshire, England.

Garner Fidler

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Rifleman

?

He died on 6 June 1944 and was buried in the Beny-Sur-Mer Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Peter Goodz

4 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

Gunner

?

Son of Mrs. A. Goodz of Portage la Prairie, he died on 16 February 1945 and was buried in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.

Milford Frank Hinds

1 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

Gunner

c1919

Son of Frank and Ada Pearl Hinds of Portage la Prairie, he enlisted in December 1939 and was with the first group of Canadian soldiers to reach England following the outbreak of war. He died in England from injuries received in a fall from a vehicle on active service, on 30 June 1942. He was buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery at Surrey, England.

William Holenchuk

426 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

c1919

Son of George and Sophie Holenchuk of Sudbury, Ontario, he died on 9 June 1944 and was buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery in Yorkshire, England.

Joseph Alfred Hogue

Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

c1924

Son of Joseph E. Hogue and Julie Hogue of Winnipeg, he died on 12 May 1944 and was buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery at Surrey, England.

Philip Consterdine Jones

37 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

c1916

Son of Reverend Joseph Jones of Portage la Prairie, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in 1940 to immediately enlist in the RCAF. He received his commission and proceeded overseas in February 1941. He took part in numerous raids over Germany and France before being posted to the Middle East. He died on 24 June 1942 and was buried in the Benghazi War Cemetery.

Michael “Mike” Kasijan

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

1917

Born on 5 October 1917, he was killed in the defence of Hong Kong on 22 December 1941. He was buried in the Sai Wan Cemetery.

Wesley Newman Kilfoyle

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

?

A prisoner-of-war, a stomach wound prevented him from joining a forced march so he was murdered by enemy soldiers on 19 December 1941. He is commemorated on the Sai Wan Memorial at Victoria, Hong Kong.

Albert James Klyne

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Rifleman

c1922

Son of Edward and Lena Klyne of Portage la Prairie, he died on 27 August 1944 and was buried in Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Andrew Alexander Lang

405 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

c1913

Son of William and Grace McMaster Lang of Portage la Prairie, he was a crew member in a Halifax W7802 attacking Flensburg, Germany on the night of the first and second of October 1942. The aircraft crashed at Bohlberg, one of three aircraft lost on the mission. There is a photograph of Lang’s crew at the Imperial War Museum, taken shortly before the crew was killed.

Roy Jacques Aleander Larence

17 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

Lance Bombardier

1916

Born at St. Boniface on 10 September 1916, son of Joseph and Cléophée Larence, he enlisted at Portage la Prairie in March 1941. Going overseas to England in November 1941, he was in Italy at the time of his death on 27 January 1944. He was buried in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery in Italy.

Albert Paul Lee

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Royal Candian Artillery Corps

Trooper

c1914

Son of James Lee and Kathleen Lee of Portage la Prairie, he died on 24 May 1944 and was buried in the Cassino War Cemetery in Italy.

James Kitchener Magill

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Rifleman

c1914

Son of James and Nancy Alice Magill of Memphis, Tennessee, he died on 10 April 1945 and was buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.

John Goodwin Maguire

432 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant

c1921

He was President of the Literary Society at Portage Collegiate. While serving as a navigator on Halifax aircraft RG451, returning from a raid over Worms, Germany, he was shot down and killed on 21 February 1945. He was buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

Charles Maxwell “Maxie” Mair

142 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Pilot Officer

1920

An outstanding member of the Portage Terriers hockey team and a prominent member of the St. Mary’s Young People’s Organization, he worked at the Portage la Prairie branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia prior to enlistment. He received a navigator’s brevet in November 1942 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in July 1942. Posted to North Africa, he had just celebrated his 23rd birthday when he was killed in action on 25 November 1943.

Michael John Makichuk (c1921-1944)

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Corporal

c1921

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Saffron Sam Makichuk of Portage la Prairie, he died on 6 June 1944 and was buried in the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Bert Angus Marks

Lake Superior Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

c1923

Son of William James Marks and Elizabeth Marks of Portage la Prairie, he died on 25 April 1945 and was buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.

Arnold Grant Maxwell

Royal Canadian Air Force

Sergeant Pilot

c1913

Son of T. Edward and Mary Maxwell of Portage la Prairie, he earned his pilot’s wings at Calgary, in 1941. While serving with the #16 Operational Training Unit, he was aboard Hampden aircraft AD826 when it crashed and burned at Bourne End Farm, Wooton, England on 6 May 1942. There were no survivors. He was buried at Kempston Cemetery, Bedfordshire, England.

Mervin Stewart McCorrister

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

?

He died on 19 December 1941 and was buried in the Sai Wan Memorial Cemetery at Victoria, Hong Kong.

Donald Gordon McKay

405 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

c1923

Son of James and Florence McKay of Portage la Prairie, and brother of Murray Roy McKay, he trained as a bomb aimer and served as a Pathfinder. During a night attack on Zeittz, Germany, the Lancaster aircraft PB402 that he was aboard was shot down on 16 January 1945 with the loss of the entire crew. He was buried at the War Cemetery at Durnbach, Germany.

Douglas George McKay

Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

1920

He enlisted in September 1941 and took his training at Brandon, Macdonald, Saskatoon, and graduated from Dafoe. He went overseas in November 1942 and served with 408 Squadron. The Commandant of McKay’s station wrote to Mr. and Mrs. R. G. McKay to give details of their son’s loss. His aircraft was sent to carry out operations over Aachen, Germany and failed to return. He stated that Douglas had over 15 operational trips and 97 hours operating over enemy territory at the time of his death, on 14 July 1943, and was “fast becoming an ace Air Gunner.” McKay Creek northeast of Lake Winnipeg, in northern Manitoba, is named for him.

Eugene Joseph “Joe” McKay

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Lance Corporal

14 October 1920

Born at Portage la Prairie, son of Fred and Edwidge McKay, prior to the war he had served at Portage Collegiate in the Manitoba Mounted Rifles. He enlisted in February 1940 and went overseas in June of that year. A classmate recalled meeting him at Glasgow, Scotland: “I parked my trunk and sat with Joe, happily swapping news until my train time approached. It was the last time I ever saw him. Eight months later, with the Pats in Sicily, he lay on the ground outside Leonforte, badly wounded. Jim McKie lit a cigarette, placed it between Joe’s lips, and tried to make comfortable, propping a haversack under his neck; but in a few minutes Joe McKay was gone.” Dead on 22 July 1943, he was buried at Agira Canadian War Cemetery in Sicily. His decorations included the Italy Star, Canadian Voluntary Service Medal & Clasp, Defense of Britain Medal, and War Medal.

Murray Roy McKay

Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

c1925

Son of James and Florence McKay of Portage la Prairie, and brother of Donald Gordon McKay, his Lancaster PB374 failed to return from a night mission over Germany on 9 April 1945. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial in England.

Lorne Kenneth McKenzie

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Royal Canadian Artillery Corps

Trooper

1920

Son of Hugh and Florence McKenzie of St. James, he enlisted in March 1941 and trained at Listowel and Camp Borden before proceeding overseas in November. After training in Africa in 1943, he was part of the assault on the Hitler Line in Italy. He died on 30 May 1944 and was buried in the Cassino War Cemetery in Italy. McKenzie Hill in the Lynn Lake area is named in his honour.

Orville Watson McKillop

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Lieutenant

c1909

Son of Dougald and Jessie McKillop of Portage la Prairie, he died of wounds received during the defence of Hong Kong on 4 January 1942 and was buried in the Sai Wan War Cemetery at Victoria, Hong Kong.

John Bell McLaren

South Saskatchewan Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

c1913

Son of Donald Hugh and Barbara Anderson McLaren of Portage la Prairie, he died on 16 September 1944 and was buried in the Calais Canadian War Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

Hugh Paterson McTaggart

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Corporal

c1914

Son of William and Elizabeth McTaggart of Rathwell, he died as a Prisoner of War on 5 December 1943 and was buried in the Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan.

James Smart Milne

2 Field Security Section, Canadian Intelligence Corps

Warrant Officer Class II

?

He died on 19 August 1942 and was buried in the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery (Hautot-Sur-Mer) at Seine-Maritime, France.

William James Munro

HMCS Clayoquot, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Sub-Lieutenant

c1923

Son of Ruby M. Munro of Huntingdon, Quebec, he died on 24 December 1944 and is commemorated at the Halifax Memorial in Nova Scotia.

Leo James Murray

5 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

c1920

Son of Edward S. Murray and Caroline Murray, he was killed on 20 May 1944 while serving in Newfoundland on active service.

John Edwin Mutcheson

HMCS Guysborough, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve

Ordinary Seaman

c1926

Son of Margaret Mutcheson of Portage la Prairie, he was well-known in hockey circles. He trained at HMCS Chippewa at Winnipeg before serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. The Guysborough was a minesweeper, one of 16 used to clear the way to the D-Day beaches. Guysborough had just returned from a refit in Canada when she was torpedoed by Germany submarine U-868 in the English Channel. The crew abandoned ship to spend the night on Carley floats. All hands died of exposure, on 18 March 1945. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Halifax Memorial at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Budvar P. “Bud” Olafson

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

c1918

After graduating from Portage Collegiate, he opened “Bud’s Barbership.” He enlisted at the outbreak of the war, serving in the West Indies before being posted to Hong Kong. In December 1941, Japan attacked Hong King. Those Canadians who survived were treated horribly through starvation, forced labour, and torture. He was reported killed in a typhoon in Japan, on 1 January 1944. He was buried at the Yokohama War Cemetery.

Leonard Thomas Olmstead

434 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

c1918

Son of Albert Wesley Olmstead and Mary Jane Olmstead of Portage la Prairie, he joined the Air Force in 1941 and went overseas in late 1942. He died on 7 September 1943 and was buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery in Germany.

William George Preston

45 Delivery Group, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

c1922

Son of William and Annie Preston of Fort William, Ontario, he was killed on 17 October 1944 when the Liberator aircraft in which he was flying crashed en route from England to Casablanca. The crew ditched and an air-sea rescue was launched. Preston died when the aircraft sank. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ottawa War Memorial at Ottawa, Ontario.

Robert H. Preston

17 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

Lance Bombardier

?

He died on 17 April 1943 and was buried in the Upper Hopton (St. John) Churchyard, Yorkshire, England.

John Prosnyck

428 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

?

Killed on 5 May 1943 during a mission to bomb Dortmund, his Wellington bomber HE864 (NA-D) crashed at Ittersum. He was buried in the Zwolle (De Kranenburg) General Cemetery in The Netherlands. His widow lived at 537 First Street in Portage la Prairie.

Hyman Rabkin

415 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

c1921

He was born and educated in Portage la Prairie, later attending the University of Manitoba. He served with 415 Squadron and was killed with his crew during a raid over Duseldorf on 2 November 1944. He was buried in Rheinburg Cemetery in Germany.

William “Bill” Ritchie

Regina Rifle Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Corporal

?

Son of Thomas Ritchie of Portage la Prairie, he attended North Ward School and Portage Collegiate. He went overseas in 1941, spending some time in Italy. He was killed in action, on 9 June 1944, in the operations immediately following D-Day. He was buried at Beny-Sur-Mer at Calvados, France.

James Arnold Robinson

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

Corporal

?

He died on active service on 15 December 1941 and was buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery in England.

John Cameron Samuel Robinson

19 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

Gunner

?

He received his education at local schools. He enlisted in 1941. Killed in action in France on 22 July 1944, he was survived by four sisters.

James Rutledge

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Rifleman

c1921

Son of Percy and Mary Rutledge of Delta Station, he died on 13 July 1944 and was buried in the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Joseph Schofield

Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

c1921

Born at Westbourne, son of Herbert and Harriet Schofield, he moved to Portage la Prairie at a young age, receiving his education at local schools. He enlisted in Vancouver in 1941, serving with the Rocky Mountain Rangers before being sent overseas. His parents resided at 535 9th Street NW. He was killed in action in France on 13 August 1944 and was buried in the Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery at Calvados, France.

Hugh Robert Simmons

Royal Canadian Air Force

Sergeant Pilot

1915

Born at High Bluff in 1915, son of James A. and Lydia Simmons of Portage la Prairie, he was a member of the Portage Baptist Church, the Young People’s Society, and the Boy Scouts. Before enlisting, he worked for the Bridge and Building Section of the Canadian National Railway. He graduated as a pilot in December 1942 and was serving in England when he was killed. His funeral took place on what would have been his 28th birthday. He was buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery.

Ernest Victor Smallpiece

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

Private

c1921

Son of Arthur and Ellen Smallpiece of Winnipeg, he died on 23 May 1944 and was buried in the Cassino War Cemetery in Italy.

David Jacob Shtitz

419 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

?

He died on 30 May 1943 and was buried in the Charleroi Communal Cemetery in Belgium.

Glen Alford Stewart

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Lieutenant

c1914

Son of John James Harris Stewart and Elizabeth Stewart, he was awarded the Governor’s General medal in grade 11 at Portage Collegiate. In 1938, he finished his training as a pharmacist and was working at Hill’s Drug Store at the time of his enlistment. On 4 July 1944, he was killed in the battle for the airfield at Carpiquet and is buried at Beny-Sur-Mer at Calvados, France. In 1995, Stewart Peninsula on Limestone Point Lake in northern Manitoba was named in his honour.

William Melville Walker

Royal Canadian Engineers

Lance Corporal

c1911

Son of Robert and Jennie E. Walker of Winnipeg, he died on 28 September 1943 and was buried in the military section of Brookside Cemetery.

William John Watters

104 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Warrant Officer Class II

c1918

Son of Thomas Gordon and Elizabeth Watters of London, Ontario, he died on 16 April 1943 and was buried in the Enfidaville War Cemetery in Tunisia.

Ernest Maurice Witt

405 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

?

A graduate of Portage Collegiate and an employee of the Portage Mutual Company, prior to the war he relocated to the west coast for university studies. At the outbreak of war he was teaching school at Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island. He joined the Air Force in 1941 and went overseas in June 1942. He died on 14 July 1943 and was buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in The Netherlands.

Korean War

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Kenneth C. Crompton

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

Private

c1927

3 May 1953

Henry Joseph Lavallee

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

Private

1932

5 February 1952

Tony Siha

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

Private

1921

20 March 1951

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 Barbara Morrison and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by James Kostuchuk, Gordon Goldsborough and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 14 March 2019

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