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Memorable Manitobans: William Wesley Lorne Musgrove (1882-1947)


Born at Stonewall on 15 January 1882, son of George Musgrove and Sarah Ann McKee, he attended Wesley College in Winnipeg where he was a member of the championship Shamrock football team. In 1902, he enrolled in the Manitoba Medical College, graduating with an MD degree in 1906. He served for a year as a house surgeon at the Winnipeg General Hospital then went into general practice. From 1919 to 1940 he lectured in surgery and clinical surgery at the Manitoba Medical College, and served on the medical staff of the Winnipeg General Hospital.

On 15 January 1908, he married Mabel Laura Cuthbert at Pilot Mound. They had four sons: George Stuart Musgrove (b 1908), William Roy Musgrove (?-1941), Dr. J. E. Musgrove, and R. J. Musgrove. During the First World War, he served as a Major with the 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in France. Invalided home in 1918, he continued military service as president of the medical review board of MD 10. He served on the executive of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Medical Association, and was president of the Winnipeg Medical Association (1934-1935). He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Niakwa Golf and Country Club, and Young United Church.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 147 Brock Street, on 5 January 1947 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Dr. William Musgrove dies of heart attack,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1947, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 July 2014

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