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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander Cantlie (1877-1920)

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Click to enlargeBorn at Montreal, Quebec on 28 July 1877, son of James A. Cantlie, he resided at Montreal until 1906 when he came to Winnipeg. He was largely responsible for the formation of the 179th and 174th battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. His health prevented him from going overseas during World War One but he continued his recruiting efforts in Canada, forming a garrison battalion of the 79th at Winnipeg. He lost his health in 1917 and J. Y. Reid took his place. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, and the Hunt Club.

He retired to California in November 1918 and died at Pasadena on 19 October 1920.


“Birthday Congratulations To” Manitoba Free Press, 28 July 1917, page 15.

“Dies in California” Manitoba Free Press, 21 October 1920.

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 March 2010

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