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Memorable Manitobans: George Edward Philips (1897-1988)

Soldier, cleric.

Born at Aberdeen, Scotland in 1897, he enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1916, earning the Military Medal for continuous duty under heavy fire for over 72 hours. After the war, he returned to Manitoba and took up farming under the Soldiers Settlement Act, before entering into the service of the Anglican Church of Canada in 1924. In 1932, he was ordained by the Bishop of Brandon and served as Curate at Roblin as well as the President of the Roblin Branch of the Legion. In 1936, he moved to St. Patrick’s in Winnipeg to serve as the Chaplain of Valour Road, a post he held for 31 years. He served as a chaplain in the RCAF during the Second World War, being made a Life Member of his Legion branch and receiving the Legion Meritorious Service Medal and the Canadian Centennial Medal in 1967 for his services, as well as with a Doctor of Divinity degree by St. John’s College. He died at Winnipeg on 8 August 1988.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 1988, page 31.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 7 July 2012

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