Transcona & the Second World War 75th Anniversary

Updated: 5 days ago


Rededication of the Transcona Cenotaph, 2011. Photo courtesy of Transcona Museum & Archives.

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2020, we are honouring those 42 men from Transcona who died during the war of 1939 - 1945. 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 Second 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).

In 2011, the Transcona Cenotaph was re-dedicated on Decoration Day. The names of previously missing Transcona soldiers from both the First and Second World Wars were added to the cenotaph at this time. Since that day, an additional 3 names have since been noted as missing. Their names have been added to the Transcona Museum's Second World War Book of Honour.

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.

We will remember them."

- "The Act of Remembrance"

Research: Information has been provided through Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939 - 1945 (Library and Archives Canada), the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Veterans Affairs Canada), and the Transcona Museum Archives.

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a name currently missing from the Transcona Cenotaph.

1937


P/O Wilfred Lawrence Warner - Killed in Harrow I K6950 Aircraft Accident on April 29

No casualties from the war in 1939 from Transcona

1940

P/O John Frederick Edward Andrews - Missing, Believed Killed on June 13

AB Joseph Leo Paul Marcotte - Killed in Action aboard H.M.C.S. Fraser on June 25

1941

AC2 Stuart Frederick Walters - Died of Accidental Death on January 13

Srgt. Henry “Harry” Westbrook Blackwell - Killed in Whitley Z9279 Aircraft Accident on November 26

Pvt. Ralph Clifford Maxwell - Killed in Action on December 19

Pvt. Michael "Mike" Kasijan - Killed in Action on December 22 *

1942

Flt Srgt. William “Billy” Alexander McCann - Killed in Action on June 28

Flt Srgt. Leo Joseph Regimbal - Killed in Action on July 13

Srgt. Alfred Kirby - Killed in Action on August 8

Srgt. Leslie Ernest Hurst - Killed in Action on August 19

Flt Srgt. Joseph Armand G. Larche - Killed in Wellington BJ846 Aircraft Accident on November 11

Flt Srgt. Ernest Frank Stammers - Missing, Believed Killed on December 6

SBA Duncan Ross MacMillan - Died in Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire on December 12

1943

Flt Srgt. Bertram “Bert” Edwin Atwood - Missing, Believed Killed on January 13

Flt Srgt. Roy Stanley Greengrass - Killed in Halifax W1241 Aircraft Accident on March 10

L. Sto. Antoni “Anthony” Lopuck - Killed in Action aboard H.M.C.S. St. Croix on September 20

Pvt. John Robert Muir - Killed in Action on December 14

1944

Pvt. George Turcotte - Killed in Action on January 16

Cpl. Albert Alfred Wylie - Killed in Action on January 28

Fg Off. Hryhory “Harry” Moroz - Killed during a Flight Operation on March 23

OS Ronald Keith Phillips - Killed in Action aboard H.M.C.S. Valleyfield on May 7

P/O George McDougall - Killed in Action on May 10

Fg Off. Joseph Octave Arthur “Remi” Tetrault - Killed in Action on May 23

Cpl. Roger Joseph “Sonny” Firman - Executed while Prisoner of War on June 8

Fg Off. Austin Gordon Gamsby - Missing, Believed Killed on June 16

Tpr. Tom Huntington Widlake - Killed in Action on June 24

RFLM Harry Magas - Killed in Action on July 6

Flt Srgt. Joseph Arthur William Sutherland - Killed in Action on July 25

Tpr. Michael “Mike” Moroz - Killed in Action on August 9

AB Alan Thomas Turner - Killed in Action aboard H.M.C.S. Alberni on August 21

Pvt. Andrew Kostyk - Killed in Action on August 29 *

Pvt. Elliott L. Swanton - Killed in Action on September 13

Srgt. Joseph Belanger - Killed in Action on September 16

AB Joseph Neil Johnston - Drowned during the Grounding of H.M.C.S. Skeena on October 25

P/O Victor Lewis Valde - Killed in Action on November 2


Fg Off. Arthur John “Jack” Bate - Missing, Believed Killed on November 6

PO Howard Norman Parsons - Killed in Action aboard H.M.C.S. Shawinigan on November 24*


Cpt. James Gordon Wilson Savage - Died of Wounds on November 27

Pvt. Lawson Dillabough - Killed in Action on December 17

Flt Lt. George Douglas “Doug” Robinson - Killed in Action on December 26

1945

Lt. Allen Haigh – Killed in Motorcycle Accident on September 18

The Transcona Museum gratefully acknowledges the City of Winnipeg for their ongoing support of museum operations and facility maintenance.

 

We would like to acknowledge that we reside on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, as well as the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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