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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Millidge Ruttan (1883-1970)


Born at Winnipeg on 24 May 1883, son of Henry Norlande Ruttan and Andrina Barberie (1847-1941), he was educated locally. He began working for the Hudson’s Bay Company (Commissioner’s Office) then was in the Passenger Department of the Canadian Pacific Railway for several years. As of 1906, he engaged in brokerage business. At the outbreak of the First World War, he joined the 1st Canadian Divisional Train and went overseas in September 1914, serving as Captain and Supply Officer of the Third Brigade in France. After about two years of service, he was made Chief Instructor of the CASC Training Depot at Shorncliffe and later promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and Officer Commanding. Still later he was D.D. of S. Headquarters at London and finally Assistant Quartermaster General for services. He was twice mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the CBE. He moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1929. On 8 June 1910, he married Frances Jane Mary Wood (1887-?, daughter of George D. Wood) and they had two sons and three daughters. He was a member of the Masons (London, England, Canada Lodge), Gyro Club, and Anglican church. In 1925, he lived at 1019 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg. He died at Toronto, Ontario on 20 January 1970.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1970, page 34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 May 2019

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