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Memorable Manitobans: John James Wilkinson (1881-1958)


Born at Durham, England on 5 August 1881, he emigrated to Canada in 1900 and taught school at Beausejour. In 1912, he became the Principal of John M. King School at Winnipeg, serving until 1916 when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and fought with the 44th Battalion at Passchendaele. On his return to Winnipeg in late 1918, he was appointed Principal of Alexandra School, moving to Principal Sparling School in 1925. He transferred to Robert H. Smith School in 1930, staying there until 1945. He retired in 1946 and worked for a time with the Veterans’ Affairs Branch of the Dominion Government. He later moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he died on 17 February 1958.


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

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

“Retired Winnipeg school principal dies in Victoria,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1958, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2020

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