Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 141 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
LG History

Fundraising Dinner 2020

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:

Manitoba History No. 90

No. 90

Memorable Manitobans of 2019
of 2019

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Parker Cromarty (1892-1977)

Physician and surgeon, inventor.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 18 December 1892, son of Robert Brodie Cromarty and Sarah Annie Parker, he was educated at McGill University and the University of Toronto. In 1915 he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served in the First World War as a member of the Canadian Medical Corps. He helped to design one of the first working gas masks, one of which is held at the 26th Field Regiment Museum. In 1920, he came to Brandon to join a medical clinic established by Wilfred Bigelow, working as a physician and surgeon until retirement in 1967. He was the Officer Commanding (OC) of the 59th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, then in 1936 became Commanding Office (CO) of the 26th Field Brigade. On 10 September 1923, he married Helen Jessie McDonald (1895-1975) at Brandon. They had three daughters. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, First Presbyterian Church, and Alpha Kappa Kappa Honor Society. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 21 February 1977 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

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

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Helen Jessie Cromarty], Brandon Sun, 21 April 1975, page 27.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 24 February 1977, page 14.

Cromarty Family Genealogy, FamilyCentral.

Burial transcription, Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

We thank Ted Krasicki for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2015

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2020 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.