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Memorable Manitobans: Robert MacLaren Keswick (1894-1938)

Educator.

Born at Bouctouche, New Brunswick on 24 December 1894, he was educated at St. Joseph’s College (Memramcook, New Brunswick) and Queen’s University, receiving a BA degree from the latter institution. Following the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in a university unit of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served in Europe and was wounded three times, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1918, he returned to Canada and married Florence McInerney of St. John, New Brunswick. They subsequently had three sons: David Keswick, James Keswick, and Robert Keswick. Shortly after his marriage, he moved to Manitoba where he was Principal of Winnipeg Beach School (1924-1925), Ladywood School (1925-1926), Lyleton School (1926-1927), Austin School (1927-1929), and Clearwater School (1929-1937). He died at Clearwater on 21 January 1938 and was buried in the Clearwater Cemetery.

Sources:

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

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1938, page 6.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2013

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