Memorable Manitobans: Ralph Russell James Brown (1875-1917)
Born at Barrie, Ontario on 21 November 1875, son of Charles Thomas Brown and Lavinia Harriet Brown, he came to Winnipeg where he was a school teacher. He served as Principal of Wellington School (?-1902) and Somerset School, and Secretary of the Manitoba Educational Association (1908-1909). In early 1915, while studying for a law degree, he enlisted with Canadian armed forces and was a Major with the 44th Battalion when he died on 31 October 1917, of wounds received while serving in France.
Teacher and historian J. W. Chafe would later reminisce about Brown, in his 1973 book Extraordinary Tales from Manitoba History:
He is commemorated by Ralph Brown School in Winnipeg.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Major Brown dead of wounds,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 November 1917, page 5.
The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 April 2020