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Memorable Manitobans: William Martin (1880-1948)


Born at Maidstone, Kent, England on 3 June 1880, he emigrated to Canada in 1903 and moved to Winnipeg in 1911 where he taught at St. John’s High School. In 1916, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, rising to the rank of Captain. From his return from military service, he returned to teaching at Kelvin High School (not to be confused with William A. Martin, who also taught at Kelvin at the same time) where he remained until 1927 when he was appointed Principal of Cecil Rhodes School, serving until retirement in early 1945 due to poor health. He then moved to Victoria, British Columbia. He died at Victoria on 10 November 1948, survived by his widow Ethel Denton and their three children.


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

“Honor principal of Cecil Rhodes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1945, page 11.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Tribute planned for Capt. Martin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1948, page 32.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 November 2011

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