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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Ernest Bradley (1900-1987)

Railway conductor.

Born at Birmingham, England on 2 November 1900, he immigrated to Canada at an early age. During the First World War, he served with the 250th and 249th Battalions in 1916 and 1917. In 1918, he began working as a conductor for the Winnipeg Electric Street Railway Company, becoming three years later a motorman, then a supervisor. He was eventually transferred to the office as manager of the transportation division. Bradley wrote the history of the Winnipeg Electric Company when they transferred from street cars to buses, and he did freelance writing. He served as Royal Canadian Legion (Sir Sam Steele Branch) and several other executive positions with the branch. He was also President of the Winnipeg Electric Club and the Winnipeg and District Football League, and Vice-President of the Winnipeg Commercial Baseball League (1920). He died at Winnipeg on 14 February 1987 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

A History of Transportation in Winnipeg
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1958-1959 Season

Winnipeg’s Horse-Car Service
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 4, Number 3, April 1959


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 February 1987, page 42.

We thank Mary Lou Bradley for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2019

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