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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Yale Avenue United Church / Transcona Memorial United Church (209 Yale Avenue West, Winnipeg)

This United Church on Yale Avenue West in Winnipeg was constructed in 1953 to replace the former Yale Avenue United Church that sat at this site. Used by the merged congregations of Yale Avenue United and Knox United Church, the demand for space became dire when the congregation of Springfield United Church had joined in 1951. The original structure was expanded with a Christian Education Hall in 1960.

A plaque in the church commemorates parishioners of its constituent congregations who were killed during military service in the First World War and Second World War.

Military memorial plaque in the Transcona Memorial United Church

Military memorial plaque in the Transcona Memorial United Church (no date)
Source: Stephen McKendry-Smith

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89689, W97.00631
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

John Donald Aird DCM
[Transcona]

Locomotive Engineer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Corporal

16 January 1892

26 October 1917

Charles Edmund Bradley
[Next of Kin, Transcona]

Machinist

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

6 March 1898

10 November 1917

John Buntain
[Transcona]

Machinist apprentice

7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sapper

19 August 1895

28 August 1918

David Campbell
[Transcona]

Tenderman

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Sergeant

10 September 1895

25 September 1916

John Cooper
[City of Winnipeg Employees, Transcona, Winnipeg Hydro]

Electrician, City of Winnipeg Light & Power

19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

2 November 1892

9 April 1917

John Edwards
[Transcona, Vimy Ridge]

Mechanic

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

20 July 1890

16 April 1917

James Ellis
[Transcona]

Locomotive Fireman

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

7 July 1891

5 September 1917

George Esselmont
[Next of Kin, Transcona]

Carpenter

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

27 September 1885

10 August 1918

Donald Farquharson
[Transcona]

Crane Operator

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

3 April 1886

6 November 1917

Alexander Coull Gibb
[Transcona]

Teamster

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1892

28 April 1918

Angus Gunn
[Transcona]

Painter

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Corporal

2 March 1875

19 February 1917

William Heron
[Transcona]

Clerk

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

5 June 1896

4 October 1916

James Fingland Hyslop
[Transcona]

Rancher

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

23 March 1887

18 March 1916

Frank John Johnson
[Transcona]

Car Repairer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

28 April 1896

30 December 1918

David Linklater
[Transcona]

Carpenter

S.S. "Belgian Prince", Royal Navy Reserve

Seaman

1890

31 July 1917

Alfred Lowden
[Transcona]

Tinsmith

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

10 April 1889

30 April 1917

George William MacKay
[Transcona]

Laborer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

23 October 1888

30 July 1916

Angus MacKinven
[Transcona]

Clerk

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

15 January 1888

20 October 1916

Samuel Parnell Marsh
[Transcona]

Farm Hand

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

31 October 1898

9 August 1918

Patrick McGillivray
[Transcona]

Machinest

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

17 August 1887

8 October 1916

Donald Munro
[Transcona]

Farmer

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lance Sergeant

20 November 1891

9 October 1916

Donald Hugh Rankine
[Transcona]

Tenderman

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

22 March 1883

8 October 1916

William Edmund Roberts
[Transcona]

Teacher

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

6 May 1891

6 June 1916

John Jamieson Robson
[Transcona]

?

6th Gordon Highlanders, British Army

Private

?

13 November 1916

George Ryan
[108th Battalion Selkirk, Transcona]

Watchman

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

20 December 1882

5 March 1918

Albert Victor Scott
[Rapid City, Union Bank]

Bank Clerk, Union Bank of Canada

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

3 September 1897

21 August 1917

Daniel David Walwin Webster
[Transcona]

Bank Clerk

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

15 March 1897

1 December 1916

Alexander Wood Youngson
[Transcona]

Engineer

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

10 September 1890

21 September 1916

Second World War Casualties

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Bertram Edwin “Bert” Atwood
[Transcona]

12 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

28 January 1916

13 January 1943

Henry Westbrook Blackwell
[Transcona, Neepawa]

Royal Canadian Air Force

Sergeant

24 November 1913

26 November 1941

Austin Gordon Gamsby
[Regents Park United, Transcona]

405 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

10 December 1913

16 June 1944

Roy Stanley Greengrass
[Transcona]

Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

14 May 1923

10 March 1943

Joseph Neil Johnston
[Transcona]

HMCS Skeena, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Able Seaman

14 February 1922

25 October 1944

Ralph Clifford Maxwell
[Transcona]

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Private

15 January 1921

19 December 1941

William Alexander McCann
[Transcona]

115 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

11 October 1921

28 June 1942

George McDougall
[Transcona]

106 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

19 September 1923

10 May 1944

George Douglas Robinson DFC
[Transcona]

409 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant Navigator

6 May 1918

26 December 1944

James Gordon Wilson Savage
[St. Andrew's Church Brandon, Transcona]

Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Captain

30 March 1905

28 November 1944

Joseph Arthur William Sutherland
[Transcona]

420 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Sergeant

26 September 1922

25 July 1944

Victor Lewis Valde
[Transcona]

415 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Pilot Officer

20 September 1924

2 November 1944

Tom Huntington Widlake
[Transcona]

Ontario Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

Trooper

27 February 1918

24 June 1944

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Transcona Memorial United Church / Transcona Christian Reformed Church / St. George Orthodox Church (121 Harvard Avenue East, Winnipeg)

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).

We thank Stephen McKendry-Smith for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 7 June 2022

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