Memorable Manitobans: Albert Reginald Hurst (1892-1990)
Born at Brandon on 26 July 1892, son of John Hurst (1860-1940) and Margaret “Maggie” Legalle (1861-1954), he was educated at Brandon public and high school and the Royal College of Dental Surgery at Toronto. In 1916, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CADC) and served at Camp Hughes and Fort Osborne Barracks before going overseas in May 1917, where he was attached to the East Candling Camp for a year. He was later at Bramshott, Knotty Ash Camp at Liverpool, and the Engineers’ Camp for four months before returning to Canada where he was put in charge of dental services at Brandon before his military discharge in April 1920. He then operated a dental practice at Brandon until retirement in 1965. He was married twice, first on 14 November 1916 to Zena May Orser (1898-1963) with whom he had three children. After his first wife’s death, he married Beatrice Marjorie Kerr (1904-1979). He was a member of the Manitoba Dental Society (President, 1946-1947), Western Canada Dental Association (President, 1950-1951), Brandon Kiwanis Club, Brandon Golf Club, Masons, and St. Paul’s United Church. He lived at 943 Rosser Avenue in 1925 and at 1704 Lorne Avenue in 1963. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1966 then returned to Brandon in 1982. He died at Brandon on 23 July 1990 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Mrs. A. R. Hurst, city leader, dies,” Brandon Sun, 10 January 1963, page 1.
Death registration [Beatrice Marjorie Hurst], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Beatrice Marjorie Hurst], Brandon Sun, 9 July 1979, page 14.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 25 July 1990, page 18.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Cam Hurst for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 June 2022