The Soldiers Monument

The Batoche/Fish Creek Memorial

This tomb was erected in 1886 by the Winnipeg Rifles (now the Royal Winnipeg Rifles) to honour comrades who were killed at or died from wounds received at the battles of Fish Creek (April 24) and Batoche (May 12) in the Northwest Rebellion, 1885.  The bodies of Privates James Frazier, Richard Hardisty, A.M. Fergusson, George Wheeles and W. Ennis, Corporal John Code, and Lieutenant Charles Swineford are interred here.  The memorial also commemorates Privates Alex Watson and J. Hutchinson, who are buried in St. Catherine’s, Ontario and St. Thomas, Ontario respectively.

The Cathedral has a long-standing relationship with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. The regiment’s drum, bugle and colours are housed in the Cathedral, and the North Transept Window depicts the regiment’s involvement in Canadian military engagements from the Northwest Rebellion to Korea. This grave is decorated each year on Remembrance Day by the veterans of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. An annual service is conducted by one of the Cathedral Clergy.