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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wawanesa War Memorial (506 George Street, Wawanesa, RM of Oakland-Wawanesa)

A plaque mounted on an exterior wall at the Wawanesa and District Memorial Health Centre in Wawanesa, in the Rural Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa, was donated by Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Hemmons whose son was killed in the Second World War. It commemorates local people killed during military service in the First World War and Second World War.

Wawanesa War Memorial

Wawanesa War Memorial (February 2020)
Source: Beth Smale

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.59547, W99.69332
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Arthur Austin
[Wawanesa]

Gasoline Engineer

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

20 May 1884

27 September 1916

Frederick Bloom
[Wawanesa]

Labourer

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

28 February 1893

6 December 1916

Alan West Burnett
[Glenboro, Ninette, Treesbank]

Farmer

9th Company, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

9 October 1883

15 November 1917

Robert Clark
[Wawanesa]

Chauffeur

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

2 May 1886

10 April 1918

Ralph Clark Clench
[Brandon Armoury, Ninette, Treesbank]

Teacher

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

24 August 1890

15 October 1916

Arnold Edward Davies

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

26 October 1887

16 September 1917

Henry Reynolds “Harry” Dawson

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

10 September 1897

5 June 1916

Harold James Dent MM
[Wawanesa]

Bank Clerk

The Fort Garry Horse

Private

27 June 1891

18 April 1918

John Thompson Fisher
[Berbank, Next of Kin, Wawanesa, Wesley College]

Student

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

25 December 1890

30 August 1917

Louis Felix Geofroy
[Wawanesa]

Barber

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

28 January 1882

26 October 1917

Francis Kempthorne Giles
[Treesbank]

Farm Labourer

226th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

17 May 1897

12 December 1916

Frederick Cyril Goodings

Laborer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

30 October 1890

16 September 1916

Albert Vernon Hansford
[Brandon Hills]

Farmhand

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

20 December 1896

6 December 1917

Joseph Henry Hardwick
[Berbank Church]

Farmer

5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery

Acting Bombardier

14 October 1893

13 April 1917

A. Harrison

?

?

?

?

?

Wesley Williams Irvine
[Brandon College, Hartney, Wawanesa, Wesley College]

Teacher

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

5 April 1893

28 September 1918

Edward Lawrie Jackson
[Treesbank]

Electrician

2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

15 September 1896

10 April 1917

Walter Bunyon Lawrence
[Wawanesa]

?

5th Battalion, London Rifle Brigade

Rifleman

1882

1 July 1916

Frederick William Leachman
[Wawanesa]

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

21 October 1890

8 October 1916

Gordon Livingston
[Wawanesa]

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

15 September 1895

26 July 1917

C. L. Livingstone

?

?

?

?

?

Henry Lyle Martin
[Berbank]

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

25 April 1890

22 November 1918

Edward Wolsley Armstrong McCrum
[Treesbank]

Locomotive fireman

49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Corporal

23 February 1887

30 October 1917

Jesse Harold McFadden
[Brandon Armoury, Killarney, Killarney Collegiate, Next of Kin, Pilot Mound, Wawanesa]

Clergyman

10th Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps

Private

22 October 1891

16 September 1916

Robert Milroy

Farm Labour

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1897

15 September 1916

Cecil Edmund Minary
[Berbank]

Farmer

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

6 July 1895

28 August 1918

James Nelson Pound
[Brandon Armoury]

Farm Laborer

85th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

6 April 1876

30 March 1918

John Robertson
[Wawanesa]

Farmer

181st Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

30 August 1897

2 January 1917

William H. Rumford DCM
[Wawanesa]

Laborer

31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Corporal

23 May 1887

2 November 1919

John Edward Russell

Farm Hand

2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

30 October 1889

29 September 1916

John Herbert Shardlow

Butcher

45th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

15 April 1877

3 February 1917

Frank Skuce

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

23 May 1897

4 November 1918

Herbert Douglas Smith
[Wawanesa]

Clerk

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

20 July 1879

30 January 1918

Ted Smith

?

?

?

?

?

William Somersall
[Souris, Treesbank]

Engineer

49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

14 May 1889

9 June 1917

Herbert Frank Steer
[Roblin, Treesbank]

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

10 March 1886

10 June 1916

John Thomas Stevenson
[Wawanesa]

Druggist

1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade

Private

27 November 1894

3 November 1918

Russell Vanstone

Student at Law

Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Corporal

31 July 1895

4 July 1919

Frank Charles Jay Watson
[Treesbank, Wawanesa]

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

13 September 1890

31 October 1917

Thomas Frank Webster
[Wawanesa]

Farmer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

2 May 1893

16 October 1916

Thomas Wightman
[Wawanesa]

Farmer

102nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

3 October 1892

9 April 1917

Ernest John Wilkinson
[Lakeside, Next of Kin, Treesbank]

Bank Clerk, Union Bank of Canada

4th Division Ammunition Company, Canadian Field Artillery

Driver

29 September 1893

9 November 1917

Second World War

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Willis Leigh Cory
[Wawanesa]

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

Private

29 March 1909

31 August 1944

Percy John Ellis
[Wawanesa, Wawanesa School]

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

28 February 1917

26 August 1942

James Bentley Ferris
[Wawanesa, Wawanesa School]

400 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

10 October 1916

20 January 1943

Charles Gordon Gorrie
[Wawanesa, Wawanesa School]

422 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

22 January 1924

20 November 1943

Robert Talbot Hemmons
[Wawanesa, Wawanesa School]

Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

3 September 1917

24 August 1942

Francis John Lowe
[Wawanesa]

12 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

10 May 1910

26 March 1942

Howard V. Millen
[Wawanesa]

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Private

21 September 1914

15 December 1943

Reginald Frederick Noton
[Wawanesa]

218 (Gold Coast) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

18 May 1911

2 July 1942

Wilfred S. Powers
[Wawanesa]

Essex Scottish Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

7 May 1909

21 July 1944

George Edward Stevenson
[Wawanesa, Wawanesa School]

431 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Warrant Officer Class II

16 August 1918

26 February 1944

Wilbert Crothers Wallace
[Wawanesa, Wawanesa School]

HMCS Avalon, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Ordinary Seaman

18 November 1920

12 December 1942

Walter Torrance Wilton
[Wawanesa]

408 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant

16 September 1919

29 December 1943

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wawanesa War Memorial (Wawanesa, Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa)

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).

This page was prepared by Darryl Toews, Beth Smale, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 March 2020

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