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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Kidd “Frank” Purdie (1888-1956)


Born at Emery, Ontario on 5 April 1888, he moved to Manitoba and attended the Manitoba Medical College, graduating in 1916, after which he served two years with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Returning from military duty, he worked for two years as Assistant Superintendent of the Brandon Mental Hospital. He practiced medicine at Griswold for 38 years and served as President of the Manitoba Medical Association (1942-1943) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1951). On 16 July 1918, he married Jean Anne Wight Esslemont at Brandon. They had two sons: F. J. E. Purdie and Dr. J. Purdie. He died at Griswold on 11 March 1956 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


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

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Griswold physician dies at 69,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1956, page 7.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2018

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