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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Clipperton (1886-1917)

Educator, soldier.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 10 April 1886, he taught school there before coming to Winnipeg in 1912 to become Principal of La Verendrye School. In early 1916, he resigned to enlist in the 203rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and helped to organize a “schoolboys’ platoon” made up of former members of the Winnipeg public school cadet corps. He died in France on 17 August 1917 and was buried in the Lapugnoy Military Cemetery at Pas de Calais.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Registration is to be considered”, Manitoba Free Press, 23 February 1916, page 10.

“Ten thousand men recruited”, Manitoba Free Press, 2 March 1916, page 5.

“Dies of wounds”, Manitoba Free Press, 21 August 1917, page 1.

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

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 January 2016

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