Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Liquor Control Commission War Memorial (1555 Buffalo Place, Winnipeg)

Located in the offices of the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation (MLLC) on Buffalo Place in Winnipeg, this memorial commemorates Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC, now part of MLLC) staff who mobilized and served during the Second World War, of whom two died and one (J. A. Bailie) was taken prisoner of war. Believed to have been first located in the MLCC office headquarters at 317 McDermot Avenue, it was later relocated to the Commission’s facility on Buffalo Place. The artifact was placed into storage during renovations and later brought to a second floor office within the building. It remained in staff quarters, beyond public access, until January 2020 when custody was transferred to the Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba Liquor Control Commission War Memorial

Manitoba Liquor Control Commission War Memorial (July 2018)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.83554, W97.17523
denoted by symbol on the map above

Second World War




Birth Date

Death Date

William John McLean

Canadian Provost Corps


15 October 1897

4 December 1943

Norman John Parks

Veterans Guard of Canada


21 November 1894

11 March 1944

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Miller-Morse Building / Manitoba Liquor Control Commission Building / Richlu Building (317 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)


Obituary [William John McLean], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1943, page 2.

“Obituary [William John McLean], Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1943, page 17.

Obituary [Cpl. Norman J. Parks], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1944, page 2.

“Cpl. N. J. Parks dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 March 1944, page 4.

Death notice [Parks], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 1944, page 16.

Find War Dead & Cemeteries, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

War Memorials of Manitoba: A Beginning Inventory by Patrick Morican, 1996.

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 Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries staff for providing additional information and their assistance in locating the memorial.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 1 March 2020

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