Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Alban’s Anglican Church / Blenheim Cemetery (Municipality of Prairie View)

A site south west of Birtle in the Municipality of Prairie View was occupied by St. Alban’s Anglican Church and its cemetery. Constructed in 1903 using local fieldstones, supervised by local farmer Christopher T. Winter, the church was closed in 1986 and demolished. A monument in the cemetery commemorates local men who were killed during service in the First World War. A second monument commemorates the former church.

Remembrance Day service at St. Alban’s Anglican Church

Remembrance Day service at St. Alban’s Anglican Church (no date)
Source: Audrey & Duncan Waddell

St. Alban’s Anglican Church

St. Alban’s Anglican Church (August 1959)
Source: Charles Durham Bird

Interior of St. Alban’s Anglican Church

Interior of St. Alban’s Anglican Church (August 1959)
Source: Charles Durham Bird

Blenheim Cemetery with war memorial monument at left

Blenheim Cemetery with war memorial monument at left (March 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Blenheim commemorative monument

Blenheim commemorative monument (March 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.35928, W101.08431
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War





Birth Date

Death Date

Frederick William Barnes MM
[Birtle, Minnedosa]


8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry


17 October 1895

31 August 1918

Robert Stoddart Gregg


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles


23 August 1896

15 September 1916

James Coleman Kirk


3rd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps


23 November 1882

27 September 1918

Neil Stuart Malcolm


Royal Field Artillery, British Army


? July 1875

13 November 1916

Arthur E. Nealing






Reginald Drake Palmer


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles


25 September 1890

1 October 1916

Henry Stansfield “Harry” Rake
[Birtle, Miniota]


43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry


5 August 1887

26 October 1917


A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

We thank Ron Bell, Brenda Samchuk, Charles Durham Bird, and Audrey & Duncan Waddell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 16 November 2020

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