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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Giles Presbyterian Church / St. Giles United Church (294 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Clerics | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

St. Giles Church, the first Presbyterian congregation in Winnipeg’s North End, was formed in 1884 as the North Presbyterian Mission with support from St. Andrew’s Church on Elgin Avenue and students from Manitoba College. Its first church was a small frame structure at Main Street and Aberdeen Avenue, which served from 1885 to 1886. A second brick building on Selkirk Avenue was used from 1888 to 1889. The congregation chose this site, at the southwest corner of Burrows Avenue and Charles Street, in 1906 and commissioned local architect C. S. Bridgman to prepare the plans. It opened in March 1908 with a sanctuary capable of holding up to 1,100 people and a horseshoe-shaped gallery that provided additional seating.

In the 1920s, St. Giles joined the United Church of Canada. Membership dwindled gradually through the years and the congregation eventually disbanded. The building, a municipally-designated historic site, was sold in 1973 to the Elmwood Bethel Mennonite Church. In May 1997, it was acquired by the Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship, part of the Baptist Union of Western Canada. In 2015, citing the building’s age and deteriorated condition, the Baptist Union asked the City of Winnipeg to remove its heritage designation so it could be demolished.

A bronze memorial tablet honouring members of the St. Giles Presbyterian Church congregation who were killed in the First World War was unveiled on 23 May 1920 by Lieutenant-Governor James Albert Manning Aikins. Its current location is unknown.

Clerics

Period

Cleric

?-1905

Joseph Hogg (1841-1906)

1905-1928

William Alexander MacLean (1867-1942)

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of St. Giles Presbyterian Church

Postcard view of St. Giles Presbyterian Church (circa 1910)
Source: Rob McInnes

The former St. Giles Presbyterian Church

The former St. Giles Presbyterian Church (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former St. Giles Presbyterian Church

The former St. Giles Presbyterian Church (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91553, W97.13452
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

John Allan

Laborer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Corporal

26 September 1893

21 September 1916

Harry Anderson
[Next of Kin]

Clerk

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Lance Corporal

23 December 1897

7 April 1917

John Anderson

?

?

?

?

?

Tully Wallace Anderson DCM
[Vimy Ridge]

Farmer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

6 March 1881

4 June 1917

Thomas Raymond Andrews DCM

Clerk

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

23 November 1896

13 October 1918

John Wesley Bears
[Next of Kin]

Bookkeeper

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

30 December 1892

27 October 1916

Thomas Edward Boyle
[Next of Kin]

Printer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

11 November 1895

21 December 1916

Reginald Campbell

Porter

29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

26 March 1896

20 April 1916

Robert John McLean Campbell
[Next of Kin]

Steam Fitter

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

21 June 1887

28 October 1917

William Duncan
[Eatons, Next of Kin]

T. Eaton Co.

2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Private

?

7 November 1914

Robert Roy Edwards DCM
[Next of Kin]

Clerk

Canadian Army Service Corps

Private

29 November 1894

12 June 1918

Harry Ferguson

Glazier

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

25 April 1892

5 June 1916

Neil Ferguson

Clerk

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

18 September 1895

29 September 1918

Robert Alfred Fisher

Auto Mechanic

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

10 March 1886

28 August 1918

John Wilfred Gillespie
[Next of Kin]

Assistant Chief Clerk

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

21 April 1893

12 September 1917

Edgar Grant

Clerk

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

22 April 1896

5 June 1916

Murray Jordan
[Vimy Ridge]

Tea Packer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

15 July 1897

12 April 1917

Thomas Alexander Lamb

Printer

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

2 September 1892

31 May 1916

William Gardner Leighton
[Next of Kin]

Mechanic

11th Field Company, Canadian Engineers

Sapper

25 August 1897

9 April 1917

Frederick Linklater
[St. Matthew's Anglican]

Hardware Clerk

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

4 December 1894

1 November 1917

Thomas Gordon Lockwood
[Next of Kin]

Clerk

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

23 August 1889

5 January 1917

William Leslie Lyle
[Next of Kin]

Painter

4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

26 May 1885

3 September 1918

William MacDonald

?

?

?

?

?

Donald MacDougall

Lethographer

1st Battalion, Canadian Engineers

Sapper

25 January 1897

27 September 1918

Percy Victor MacMartin

Railway Mail Clerk

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

11 July 1896

30 August 1918

Andrew Maitland

Tinsmith

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

3 May 1892

26 September 1916

David Leonard McComb
[Next of Kin, Stonewall, Stony Mountain, Stonewall Lodge No. 12]

Carpenter

5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery

Corporal

7 July 1889

13 June 1916

Robert McGregor
[City of Winnipeg]

Fireman

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

22 September 1885

28 August 1918

Alexander McLean
[Next of Kin]

Surveyor

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

9 August 1884

2 September 1918

Frank McLeish

Telephone Operator

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

16 September 1892

27 November 1916

John Alexander McLellan
[Next of Kin, Vimy Ridge]

Checker

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

11 June 1891

3 June 1917

Benjamin Moir
[Winnipeg Electric Railway]

Blacksmith

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

28 November 1889

23 April 1915

Arthur Rufus Morrison
[Next of Kin]

Teamster

4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

5 March 1890

29 September 1918

George Joshua Palmer
[Morden]

Teamster

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

9 September 1891

29 April 1917

John Harold Pasmore
[Next of Kin]

Printer

12th Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps

Private

15 April 1884

24 March 1919

James Garfield Raine
[Next of Kin, Swift Canadian]

Clerk

3rd Company, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Private

20 September 1895

9 November 1917

Ernest Howe Reid
[Next of Kin]

Locomotive Fireman

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

27 January 1889

9 April 1917

George Chase Ricketts
[Next of Kin]

Salesman

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

5 January 1893

1 October 1918

Leonard James Ricketts
[Next of Kin]

Tailor

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

25 January 1894

26 April 1915

John Munro Ross
[Next of Kin]

Contractor

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

26 November 1888

16 May 1915

George Scott
[Next of Kin, Vimy Ridge]

Warehouseman

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

22 March 1896

3 June 1917

Earl Elgin Seaborn
[Next of Kin]

Clerk

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

2 February 1897

28 April 1917

William Smith

?

?

?

?

?

Harry Cecil Stiver MC

Clerk

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

20 May 1894

10 November 1917

John Swanney

Clerk

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

7 December 1894

9 April 1917

Stanley Frederick Thornley

Electrician

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

8 May 1895

9 August 1918

James Douglas Trick
[Next of Kin, Vimy Ridge]

Clerk

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Corporal

6 October 1898

23 August 1917

Frederick McMillan Wood

Jeweller’s Apprentice

50th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

8 December 1896

19 November 1916

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Giles Presbyterian Church / Queen’s Theatre (239 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

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).

“Tablet is unveiled by Lieutenant-Governor Aikins,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 May 1920, page 4.

Former St. Giles United Church (294 Burrows Avenue), Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, November 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 22 May 2021

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