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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Government Telephones War Memorial (Winnipeg)

A list of employees of Manitoba Government Telephones, who served in the First World War and were killed, was unveiled at the head office of the company at a ceremony on 10 November 1922 attended by Major-General H. D. B. Ketchen. It was observed during the ceremony by MGT Commissioner John Edmond Lowry that over 50 percent of male members of the company had served during the war.

The present whereabouts of the memorial is unknown.

First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Peter Borthwick

Accountant

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

29 September 1889

26 October 1917

Herbert Trewartha Chapman
[Gilbert Plains]

Tinsmith

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1888

25 October 1916

Thomas Birtwistle Douglas
[Portage la Prairie]

Clerk

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

1890

28 April 1917

Arthur Taylor Fulford
[Oakland, Portage]

Telephone Lineman

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

8 November 1891

3 May 1917

Alexander Grant DSO
[Next of Kin]

Superintendent

78th Battalion Canadian Infantry

Major

6 May 1883

11 August 1918

Thomas Henry Large

Electrician

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

22 March 1890

28 October 1917

John Fraser
[Next of Kin]

Driver

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

2 August 1881

18 July 1918

Alexander McNab
[Knox Presbyterian, Portage, Sidney]

Telephone Inspector

Sergeant

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

21 August 1891

24 May 1915

George Olmstead

Electrician

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

4 September 1890

5 October 1918

David James Robertson MM
[Brandon Armoury]

Storekeeper

22nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Serjeant

?

3 November 1918

See also:

MHS Centennial Business: Manitoba Government Telephones / Manitoba Telephone System / MTS Allstream / Bell MTS

Sources:

“Vacancies filled by returned men, he says: Statement of Commissioner Lowry at unveiling of memorial," Manitoba Free Press, 11 November 1922, page 9.

“Telephone employes’ war tablet is unveiled,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 November 1922, page 17.

This page was prepared by Darryl Toews and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2021

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