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Manitoba names lakes for Victoria Cross recipients

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Four Victoria Cross (VC) recipients from Manitoba have been recognized by having lakes named in their honour.

The four men who received the highest medal of valour in the Commonwealth served in the First and Second World Wars.

"As we reflect on the sacrifices made during the past century by tens of thousands of men and women from throughout Canada, it is absolutely essential their contributions be remembered," Premier Greg Selinger said Friday. "The lakes being named today will ensure these four brave men will never be forgotten."

The veterans and their geographic features are:

-- Alexander Brereton Lake, named after Company Quartermaster Sgt. Alexander Picton Brereton, VC, who was born Nov. 13, 1892, in Oak River and served with the 8th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles. He died on Jan. 10, 1976.

-- Cruickshank Lake, named after Maj. Robert Edward Cruickshank, VC, who was born on June 17, 1888, in Winnipeg and served with the London Scottish Regiment. He died on Aug. 30, 1961.

-- Coulson Mitchell Lake, named after Lt.-Col. Coulson Norman Mitchell, VC, Military Cross (MC), who was born on Dec. 11, 1889, in Winnipeg and served with the Royal Canadian Engineers. He died on Nov. 17, 1978.

-- Harcus Strachan Lake, named after Lt.-Col. Harcus Strachan, VC, MC, who was born on Nov. 7, 1884, in Borrowstounness, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1908 and served with the Fort Garry Horse. He died on May 1, 1982.

All the lakes are located 90 to 110 kilometres east of Thompson.

The provincial government has now named geographical features in honour of all 14 Manitoba VC recipients.

The Brereton family will be sent a commemorative certificate. Due to the difficulty in locating next of kin for other recipients, certificates of registration will be given to their regiments.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 9, 2013 A8

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