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Memorable Manitobans: Lawrence Abel Rathwell (1885-1989)


Born near Perth, Ontario on 8 August 1885, son of George Rathwell, he received a BA degree from Queens University. He came to western Canada and, by 1915, was teaching school at Sonningdale, Saskatchewan. In 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served overseas with the 188th Radisson Battalion. After his military discharge, he returned to Manitoba and continuing teaching, serving as the Principal of Reston School (1954-1955). He also taught at Centennial School and demonstrated Physics at United College (1953-1954). He died unmarried at Winnipeg on 16 April 1989.


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

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1989, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 April 2020

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