Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Government Telephones War Memorial (Winnipeg)

A list of employees of Manitoba Government Telephones, who served in the First World War and were killed, was unveiled at the head office of the company at a ceremony on 10 November 1922 attended by Major-General H. D. B. Ketchen. It was observed during the ceremony by MGT Commissioner John Edmond Lowry that over 50 percent of male members of the company had served during the war.

The present whereabouts of the memorial is unknown.

Manitoba Government Telephones War Memorial

Manitoba Government Telephones War Memorial (1922)
Source: Telephone Echo, Volume 7, 1927-1928 [Legislative Library of Manitoba]

First World War Casualties





Birth Date

Death Date

Peter Borthwick


43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry


29 September 1889

26 October 1917

Henry James Chapman

Telephone Wire Chief

29th Ballation, Canadian Infantry


7 May 1893

11 November 1916

Thomas Birtwistle Douglas
[Portage la Prairie]


10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry



28 April 1917

John Fraser
[Next of Kin]


28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry


2 August 1881

18 July 1918

Arthur Taylor Fulford
[Oakland, Portage]

Telephone Lineman

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry


8 November 1891

3 May 1917

Alexander Grant DSO
[Next of Kin]


78th Battalion Canadian Infantry


6 May 1883

11 August 1918

Thomas Henry Large


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles


22 March 1890

28 October 1917

Alexander McNab
[Knox Presbyterian, Portage, Sidney]

Telephone Inspector


10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

21 August 1891

24 May 1915

George E. Olmstead


52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry


4 September 1890

5 October 1918

David James Robertson MM
[Brandon Armoury]


22nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps



3 November 1918

See also:

MHS Centennial Business: Manitoba Government Telephones / Manitoba Telephone System / MTS Allstream / Bell MTS


“Vacancies filled by returned men, he says: Statement of Commissioner Lowry at unveiling of memorial," Manitoba Free Press, 11 November 1922, page 9.

“Telephone employes’ war tablet is unveiled,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 November 1922, page 17.

This page was prepared by Darryl Toews and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 October 2023

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