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Memorable Manitobans: William Gilmour (1880-1938)


Born at Onagh County, Tyrone, Ireland on 3 March 1880, the son of a Presbyterian Minister in a Northern Ireland Church, he immigrated to Canada in 1903 and settled at Winnipeg. While enrolled in theological courses at Manitoba College, he was a student-minister in charge of Riverview Presbyterian Church (1905). On 24 December 1907, he married Mary Elizabeth Chambers (1885-?) at Winnipeg and had one son, Theodore Gilmour (1908-?). Within three years, the couple left the city for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he finished theological training at the Presbyterian College. He graduated with a gold oratory medal and was a noted local athlete. In December 1915, he enlisted for military service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, became an officer (1916), and served overseas as a Lieutenant with the 203rd Battalion from Saskatoon, previously with the 96th Highlanders (Saskatoon) and 105th Fusiliers. He moved to New Zealand around 1934 and was the Pastor at Kent Terrace Presbyterian Church at Wellington. He died at Wellington, New Zealand on 28 July 1938.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 1938, page 17.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 8 September 1938, page 23.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 March 2015

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