Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Walter Moltke Mermagen (1871-1947)
Born at Cranbrook, Kent, England on 22 July 1871, son of Reverend Carl Frederick and Frances Mermagen, he was educated at Westonsuper-mare, Somerset and Ghent, Belgium. He came to Winnipeg in 1889 and, three years later, commenced a career as a clerk with the Hudson’s Bay Company. By 1911, he was manager of the Manitoba Mortgage and Investment Company at 428 Union Bank Building, Winnipeg. On 27 September 1899, he married Harriet Jane “Jean” McMurray (1874-1948) of Seven Oaks, Kildonan. They had one daughter, Anne Elizabeth Mermagen (1908-1996, wife of C. L. McGowan). During the First World War, he served until January 1919 and was awarded the OBE and Victoria decoration. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Western Military Institute, Conservative party, and Anglican church. His recreations included football, golf, and tennis. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 127 Rupertsland, on 10 October 1947 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“E. W. Mermagen dies, aged 76,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1947, page 2.
Obituary [Jean Mermagen], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1948, page 19.
Obituary [Anne Elizabeth McGowan], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1996, page 31.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 May 2017
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