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Manitoba History No. 89
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War Memorials in Manitoba
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This Old Elevator
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Memorable Manitobans
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Historic Sites of Manitoba
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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Picton Brereton (1892-1976)

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Alexander Picton Brereton
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War hero.

Born at Oak River on 13 November 1892, he was educated at Hamiota School. As a member of the 8th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles (the “Little Black Devils”), he won a Victoria Cross at Aubrecourt (Battle of Amiens) in 1918 by single-handedly capturing an enemy machine-gun post. He moved to Elnora, Alberta after the war, where he farmed 640 acres. He later served in the Second World War as a quartermaster sergeant based at Red Deer. He died at Three Hills, Alberta in 1976.

Sources:

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Ian Stewart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2017

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