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Memorable Manitobans: James Charles Wherrett (1893-1980)


Born at Shoal Lake on 3 March 1893, one of nine children of T. Wherrett and Mary Ryder Birks, during the First World War, he served with the 44th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was decorated with the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal. Following his military service, he obtained a BA degree from the University of Manitoba and attended Normal School. He taught at the Brandon Collegiate (?-?) and Kelwood School (1922-1924) before moving to Winnipeg. His teaching career there took him successively to St. John’s High School (1924-1938), Ralph Brown School (Principal, 1938-1944), Faraday School (Principal, 1944-1957), and Sisler High School (Principal, 1957-1958) before retirement in 1959. On 26 February 1921, he married Nora Evalyn Benson (1894-2002) at Winnipeg and they had three daughters: Josephine Wherrett (wife of D. R. Annett), Merle Wherrett, and Audrey Wherrett (wife of Ross Mackenzie). He was a member of Greenwood United Church. He died at Winnipeg on 18 December 1980.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Dinner, reception mark anniversary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1971, page 20.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1980, page 53.

Obituary [Nora Evalyn Wherrett], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 2002, page 37.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2019

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