Transcona & the First World War Centenary

Updated: Apr 13


Transcona Cenotaph at Memorial Circle Park
Transcona Cenotaph at Memorial Circle Park. Photo courtesy of Transcona Museum & Archives.

To commemorate the First World War Centenary on this Remembrance Day - November 11, 2018 - we are honouring those 80 men from Transcona who died during the Great War of 1914-1918 and its aftermath. Their names appear on the Transcona Cenotaph at Memorial Circle Park. Provided below is the complete listing of their names along with a date of death, the cemetery or memorial, grave reference number for each individual, and page commemorations within the First World War Book of Remembrance. Individual reference links have been provided to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (where applicable).

By the end of the First World War, over 400 men from Transcona enlisted in service to “King and Country”. We strive to remember all those involved in the Great War, however, the historical record is incomplete. When the Transcona Cenotaph was first erected in 1931, only 66 names were listed. The names of the 14 soldiers previously missing were added to the Cenotaph when it was re-dedicated in 2011. As we continue to research Transcona's military history, more names may yet be discovered.

Lest We Forget.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."

- Laurence Binyon, "Ode of Remembrance"

Research: Information has been provided through Personnel Records of the First World War (Library and Archives Canada), Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War (Library and Archives Canada), the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Veterans Affairs Canada), and the Transcona Museum Archives. All abbreviations follow the Military Abbreviations used in Service Files (Library and Archives Canada).

Note: As a result of this recent research, previous information has been confirmed or corrected. Our Books of Honour, which are available for viewing at the Transcona Museum, will also be updated with this information.

No casualties of war in 1914 from Transcona

1915

Pte Walter Barugh - Killed in Action on March 10

Sgt Horace Carl Beken - Killed in Action on April 24

Pte Edward Charles Ferg - Killed in Action on April 25

1916

Pte Phileas Poirier - Killed in Action on February 2

Pte James Fingland Hyslop - Killed in Action on March 18

Pte Austin B. Keens - Killed in Action on April 28

Pte Charles Ernest Cort Bashford - Killed in Action on May 25

Pte Herbert "Harry" Higgins - Killed in Action on June 5

Pte Henry Swithinbank - Killed in Action on June 5

Pte William Edmund Roberts - Killed in Action on June 6

Pte Ethelbert William "Bert" Mickleburgh - Murdered on June 8

Pte John Berry - Killed in Action on June 14

Sgt Edmund Hall "Ted" Buckley - Killed in Action on June 14

Pte George William MacKay - Died of Wounds on July 30

Sgt William Duncan Millican - Killed in Action on August 28

Pte James William Harvey - Killed in Action on September 21

Sgt Alexander Wood Youngson - Killed in Action on September 21

L/Cpl George Bell Austin - Killed in Action on September 24

L/Sgt David Campbell - Killed in Action on September 25

Pte Thomas Hines - Killed in Action on September 25

Pte Richard Williams - Died of Wounds on September 25

L/Cpl Pierce Edward Jones - Killed in Action on September 26

Pte Frank Wallis Smith - Killed in Action on September 26

Pte Edward John Schafer - Killed in Action on September 28

Pte William Heron - Killed in Action on October 4

Pte Ernest Henry King - Died of Wounds on October 4

Pte William Law - Killed in Action on October 8

Pte Patrick McGillivray - Killed in Action on October 8

Pte Donald Hugh Rankine - Killed in Action on October 8

L/Sgt Donald Monro - Missing, Believed Killed on October 9

Pte Angus K. MacKinven - Died of Illness while Prisoner of War on October 20

Sgt Oscar Thomas White - Died of Wounds from an Airplane Crash on October 21

Pte Thomas Beatty - Killed in Action on October 25

Pte Scott Wilkinson - Killed in Action on November 1

Pte John Jamieson Robson - Killed in Action on November 13

Spr Walter Leonard Holland - Died of Wounds on November 23

Pte Daniel David Walwin Webster - Killed in Action on December 1

1917

L/Cpl Angus Gunn - Died of Wounds on February 19

Pte John Cooper - Killed in Action on April 9

Pte Norman Douglas Tatton - Killed in Action on April 9

Pte John Edwards - Died of Wounds on April 16

Pte William Lisoway - Killed in Action on April 16

Pte Alfred Lowden - Killed in Action on April 30

Pte Mike Parazinski - Killed in Action on May 2

Spr Edward Trenham - Died of Wounds on May 3

Pte Reginald Guy Walker - Killed in Action on June 3

Pte George Alexander Brown (LeBrun) - Died of Gas Poisoning on July 27

Smn David Linklater - Killed in Action aboard S.S. Belgian Prince on July 31

Pte James Ellis - Died of Illness on September 5

Pte William Henry Fessey - Killed in Action on September 16

Pte Edward Hynes - Killed in Action on September 16

Lt Francis Timothy "Frank" Quinlan - Killed in Action on September 29

Cpl John Donald Aird - Died of Wounds on October 26

Pte Thomas William Roberts - Died of Wounds on October 28

Pte Donald Farquharson - Killed in Action on November 6

Pte Charles Edmund Bradley - Killed in Action on November 10

Pte Samuel Wilkins Kipping - Died of Gas Poisoning on November 12

1918

Pte Alanzo Prebble Gordon - Died of Illness on January 20

Pte George Ryan - Died of Wounds on March 5

Pte Cyril Augustine McAllister - Died of Illness on March 9

Pte Alexander Coull Gibb - Missing, Believed Killed on April 28

Pte Michael McPherson - Killed in Action on August 8

Pte John Pinder Willacy - Killed in Action on August 8

Pte Samuel Parnell Marsh - Killed in Action on August 9

Pte George Cecil Shirley Brooks - Died of Gas Poisoning on August 10

Pte George Esselmont - Killed in Action on August 10

Pte Alexander Elliott – Killed in Action on August 26

Spr John Buntain – Killed in Action on August 28

Pte Alfred Annis - Killed in Action on September 2

Sgt Harold Lambert Buck – Died of Wounds on September 21

Pte Joseph Poirier – Killed in Action on September 29

Pte Vincent Carroll – Killed in Action on October 1

Cpl Harold James Rees – Killed in Action on October 4

Armistice and Aftermath

Capt Royce Coleman Dyer - Died of Illness on December 30, 1918

Pte Frank John Johnson - Died on December 30, 1918

Spr Harry Jenkins - Died of Illness on March 5, 1919

Capt John Riversdale Warren Herrick - Died of Wounds on October 24, 1920

Spr Wilfred Langford Green - Died in 1920

  • No known grave or memorial site

Pte William Murray Bower - Died of Wounds on October 17, 1921

Pte Harold Marland Andrews - Died on September 8, 1923

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