Memorable Manitobans: Henry Ffolliott “Harry” Gyles (1890-1975)
Born at Virden on 9 August 1890, son of William John Gyles (1862-1944) and Lavinia Hamilton Rathbone (1867-1945), he was educated at Virden School then, from 1908 to 1913, articled in the Winnipeg law firm of Agnew, Craig, and Ross. During the First World War, he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps and, during the Second World War, as a Judge Advocate General in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He practiced law with his son in the firm of Gyles and Gyles, and was eventually made a Queen’s Counsel (1960).
On 8 October 1919, he married Evelyn Amy Giles at Winnipeg. They had three children: Shirley Gyles (wife of Vernon W. Paul), Nora Gyles (wife of B. J. Henderson), and Harold F. Gyles. He was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church, Charleswood Golf Club, and Winnipeg Gyro Club (President, 1947-1948).
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Ancestry.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
“Nine Manitoba lawyers named Queen’s counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1960, page 32.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1975, page 44.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 July 2016
Back to top of page