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War Memorials in Manitoba
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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Darlingford Memorial Park (Darlingford, RM of Pembina)

Link to:
First World War | Second World War | Other | Sources

In 1921, Darlingford and the surrounding district commemorated those who had served in the First World War by constructing a small Gothic-inspired memorial building and park. It is the only free-standing memorial building in Manitoba with the sole function of commemorating the war dead. Inside the memorial, two black marble tablets bear the names of men who served and died in the First World War and Second World War.

The memorial was the inspiration of Darlingford farmer and politician Ferris Bolton, whose three sons were killed in France in 1917. It was designed by Arthur A. Stoughton, the first head of the School of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. The Morden Experimental Farm designed and landscaped the park. Dr. W. R. Leslie, the Farm’s Superintendent, tended the park for many years. A plaque was erected in 1992 at the site at the Manitoba Heritage Council. In the 2000s, the facility was part of the Manitoba Prairie Icons Program.

On 17 August 2012, a German 7.92-mm Maxim Spandau MG08 machine gun that had been displayed next to the memorial was stolen. It was returned on 9 November 2014 and is presently stored inside the memorial building.

Darlingford Memorial Park

Darlingford Memorial Park (July 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.20549, W98.37998
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Alvin Wesley Andrew

Motor Driver

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1898

7 April 1918

Frederick Barnes
[Miami]

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

23 July 1918

Wilbert George “Bert” Bolton

Farmer

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Corporal

1894

9 April 1917

Elmer Leeds Bolton

Bank Clerk

107th Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Pioneers

Pioneer

1897

15 August 1917

Harold Albert “Harry” Bolton MM

Banker

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Corporal

1896

20 June 1917

Louis Ford Bond

Clerk

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1888

3 June 1917

Mark Cockle

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

1890

10 April 1917

James Dudgeon

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

3 May 1917

William Henry Keown

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1898

10 November 1917

David Alexander McKenzie

Labourer

21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1887

11 October 1918

James McKenzie

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

6 November 1917

William Martindale

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1896

14 April 1917

Charles Coutts Masson

Farmer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1899

28 September 1918

John McNaughton Mitchell
[Manitou]

Farm Hand

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

6 November 1889

30 October 1917

David Scott Nichol

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1888

28 April 1917

Howard James Scales

Farmer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1887

10 April 1917

Oliver Garfield Swire

Farmer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1894

28 September 1918

James Taylor

Farmer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1892

3 September 1917

Thomas Henry Wilson

Farmer

1st Manitoba Regiment

Private

17 September 1890

8 October 1918

Second World War

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Ross Robert Brogden
[Manitou]

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

11 February 1919

25 April 1943

George Keith Collins
[Manitou]

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Private

8 August 1908

23 May 1944

Ralph Edward Hawken
[Manitou]

148 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Air Gunner

21 July 1913

4 November 1943

Harvey Lloyd Kinsman
[Manitou]

Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Rifleman

19 September 1923

10 August 1944

Albert Clayton Law
[Manitou]

405 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

27 January 1915

10 July 1943

Andrew Joseph Laing

Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada

Private

c1919

19 August 1942

Kenneth William Lawson
[Manitou]

76 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

19 July 1921

12 June 1943

Thomas Roy Lovell
[Manitou]

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Corporal

1 November 1911

24 February 1944

Lloyd William McElroy
[Manitou]

415 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

23 March 1924

29 July 1944

David Scott Nichol
[Manitou]

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Lance Corporal

12 December 1919

12 October 1942

William Murray Ramsay
[Manitou]

Royal Canadian Artillery

Gunner

24 September 1921

7 September 1944

William Joseph Steenson
[Manitou]

Royal Canadian Air Force

Warrant Officer Class II

24 August 1920

14 April 1944

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Prairie Churches Project / Manitoba Prairie Icons Project

The Darlingford Memorial Park by Jeffrey Thorsteinson
Manitoba History, Number 76, Fall 2014

Sources:

[Gun return], The Western Canadian (Manitou), 11 November 2014.

Darlingford Memorial Park, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

For the names of First World War casualities from Manitoba who do not appear on any physical monument in the province, see the Manitoba Historical Society War Memorial. If you know of a name that is omitted from this list, please contact the MHS War Memorial Researcher Darryl Toews (darryl@mhs.mb.ca).

Soldiers of the First World War - Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada.

Financial support for research reported on this page was provided by the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program (2015-2016).

We thank Bob Jordan and JIm Busby for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Darryl Toews, and Jim Busby.

Page revised: 18 November 2019

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