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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).

He died at Winnipeg on 28 January 1975 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Ancestry.

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

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