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Memorable Manitobans: Ralph Louis “Ray” Zengel (1894-1977)

War hero.

Born in Faribault, Minnesota, he moved with his widowed mother to Saskatchewan at an early age. He was working on a farm at Virden when he enlisted in the 45th Battalion. In 1917 he won a Victoria Cross for bravery at Warvillers. After the war he moved to Alberta and later British Columbia. During World War Two he served as a regimental sergeant major.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 8 August 2009

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