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

Poet.

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.

Sources:

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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