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Memorable Manitobans: George Wesley Darnell White (1891-1947)


Born at Prescott, Ontario on 6 June 1891, son of Isabella Almira White, he was working as a teacher when, in early 1918, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. After the First World War, he returned to educational work and served as the Principal of Harding School (1920-1921), Morris School (1921-1922), Emerson School (1923-1930), McConnell School (1930-1931), and Makaroff School (1931-1941). In 1942, he was appointed an education officer at Camp Shilo. He wrote a text book for the Canadian Legion Educational Services and was later in charge of rehabilitation work at Portage la Prairie. On 11 April 1931, he married Jean Laughland at Winnipeg and they had a daughter, Frances White. He died at Selkirk on 17 October 1947 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“George Wesley White,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1947, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 July 2019

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