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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Shanly Watson (1884-1977)

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Born in Northern Ireland on 23 March 1884, son of Samuel Scott Watson and Ellen Shanly, he came to Canada and, as a student, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in December 1916 and given the rank of Captain. Following the war, he became a clergyman and was an active member of civic affairs, sitting on the Board of Education, and was a Masonic chaplain. During his career, he served as the Minister of St. Paul’s United Church (c1941-1950) in Port Arthur, Ontario and Riverview United Church (1947-1950) in Winnipeg, after which he retired to British Columbia. He and his wife, Lulu Beatrice McKnight (1896-1989) and had at least two sons. They settled in West Vancouver, where he died at the Inglewood Private Hospital on 4 July 1977.


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

“Rev. T. S. Watson is invited to Riverview United,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 1947, page 3.

“Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. Frank Purdy],” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 November 1949, page 15.

“Jean Purdy is bride of W. S. Watson,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 December 1949, page 14.

“Riverview United inducts Marshall as new Minister,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1950, page 25.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 28 December 2015

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