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Memorable Manitobans: John Hammond Irwin (1886-1952)


Born in Huron County, Ontario on 18 August 1886, son of John Henry Irwin and Agnes Wiggins, he came to Manitoba where he worked as a school teacher at Winnipeg. During the First World War, he served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Returning from military service, he was Principal of Elphinstone School (1920-1923), Rossburn School (1923-1928) and Earl Oxford School (1928-1941). He was married twice. His first wife was Mary Mildred Isabel Irwin (1900-1946). They had no children. After his first wife’s death, he married Runa Mary Thackery on 9 July 1949 and they had a daughter, Mary Irwin. He died at Winnipeg on 9 September 1952 and was buried in Brandon Cemetery.


Ontario birth registation, Ancestry.

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

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary [Mrs. J. H. Irwin], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1946, page 19.

Engagement notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1949.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 September 1952, page 27.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2014

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