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Memorable Manitobans: Walter John “Rocke” Savage (1873-1942)


Born at Shropshire, England on 24 September 1873, he was a veteran of the Boer War when he came to Canada in 1904 and farmed at various places in Manitoba. He homesteaded at Alonsa for a time and served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He was a frequent contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press, writing under the name of “Rocke Savage.” He published Prairie Trails, a book of rhyme, around 1935. He died unmarried on 26 April 1942 as a result of injuries sustained when he was kicked by a horse near Dugald. He was buried in the military section of Brookside Cemetery.


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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rocke Savage, poet, killed in accident,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 112]

“Poet fatally hurt on farm,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 April 1942, page 15.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 January 2019

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