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Memorable Manitobans: Leslie Harold Iles (1919-2002)

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Leslie Harold Iles
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Police officer, community activist.

Born at Molesey, Surrey, England on 18 August 1919, he joined the London Metropolitan Police Force in 1938. In February 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force and trained in Manitoba under the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He served in India and was discharged with the rank of squadron leader. He returned to Canada and joined the Winnipeg Police Department in May 1947, rising to the rank of Superintendent of Criminal Investigation. Prior to retirement he was appointed executive assistant to the Chief Constable. He also spent nine years on the Canadian Police Standards Advisor Committee.

In November 1997 he was also awarded the City of Winnipeg Community Service Awards by Mayor Stephen Juba. An active Mason, he became master of his lodge in 1967 and served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba in 1983 to 1984.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 November 2002.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 2002.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

We thank Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 September 2016

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