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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert George Wilson (1863-1925)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Son of prominent lawyer J. W. H. Wilson, brother of C. P. Wilson, he was a member of the 1884 Gordon Expedition to Egypt led by Garnet Wolseley. He was a well-known cricket player, curler, and golfer. He was a founding member, in 1907, of the St. Charles Country Club and served as President of the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club (1912-1913). He went to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush then returned to Winnipeg and succeeded W. H. Curle as Commissioner of the Workmen’s Compensation Board, in 1913. He was suspended in early January 1925 pending an administration of the Board’s affairs. He committed suicide on a country road outside Winnipeg on 17 January 1925 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

“H. G. Wilson is found dead on country road,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 January 1925, page 1. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2019

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