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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brierley School No. 1613 (Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

The Brierley School District was organized formally in February 1912 and a school building operated on the northeast quarter of 27-38-26 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman. The school closed in 1967. The former school building is no present at the site but it is commemorated by a monument dedicated on 27 July 1989. Stone markers attached to the monument commemorate the service of local men killed during the First World War and Second World War.

Among the teachers of Brierley School were Mr. J. McGeown (1913), Mr. E. A. Frayne (1916), H. Tripp (1967), and Mr. and Mrs. Macallroy.

Brierley School

Brierley School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 3.

Brierley School and its teacherage

Brierley School and its teacherage (circa 1917)
Source: Education Department Report, 1917, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Brierley School commemorative monument

Brierley School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N52.29654, W101.08477
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War





Birth Date

Death Date

Charles Cooper


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles


10 August 1897

20 April 1917

Goodman Sigurdson
[Brandon Armoury, Brandon College]

Farm Worker

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry


22 February 1894

10 November 1917

George Henry Reginald Tyner


8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry


30 April 1886

28 April 1917

Second World War




Birth Date

Death Date

Norman Archibald Hunter Pott

Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps


26 June 1921

11 February 1944

James Richard Scott

South Saskatchewan Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps


28 November 1922

6 August 1944

Harold Walter Walmsley

Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps


20 May 1917

4 July 1944


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 (

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).

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

We thank Marie Dueck and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 February 2021

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