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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Thomas Bate (c1900-1947)

Railwayman, municipal official.

Born at Bute, Cornwall, England, he served in the Royal Navy. Upon his military discharge, he moved to Canada in 1919 and settled in Transcona where he began working in the car department of Canadian National Railway (CNR) at their Transcona Yard. He would later rise to the rank of leading hand carman at the yard’s west coach shops. On 31 August 1922, he married Eva Mary Cooke (1903-1990) at Transcona. The couple lived at 125 Victoria Avenue East and had two sons: Flying Officer Arthur John “Jack” Bate (1923-1944), who died in military service during the Second World War, and Thomas Murrin Bate (1934-1989).

He served on the municipal council of Transcona, was a 16-year Trustee and Chairman (1940-1944) of the Transcona School District, Grand President (1945-1947) of the Sons of England (member of Transcona Lodge No. 337), as well as a member of the Transcona Lodge No. 550 (C.B.R.C. of A.).

He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 25 June 1947 and was buried in the Transcona Cemetery. He is commemorated with a wall-mounted tablet, unveiled on 4 July 1948, at St. Georges Anglican Church in Transcona where he served as Rector’s Warden (1937-1947).


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dubas, Bate, Davy elected in Transcona,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 November 1938, page 7.

“Sons of England name A.T. Bate Grand President,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 June 1945, page 8.

“Transcona man listed as Air Force casualty,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 June 1945, page 3.

“Transcona against teachers taking part-time work,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 December 1945, page 16.

“Transcona flier wins posthumous honor,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 May 1947, page 22.

“St. George’s Day dinner planned by Sons of England,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 April 1947, page 3.

“Arthur T. Bate, Transcona, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1947, page 12.

Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 28 June 1947, page 18.

“Tablet unveiled at St. George’s,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1948, page 3.

Obituary [Thomas Murrin Bate], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 1989, page 50.

Obituary [Eva Mary Bate], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1990, page 29.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 November 2015

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