Ernest and Harry Proven, 100 Years Later

Pte. Ernest Albert Proven

One hundred years ago today, on April 12, 1917, my great-great uncle Private Ernest Albert Proven, succumbed to wounds received during the assault on Vimy Ridge three days prior. His brother, Lance Corporal (later Sergeant) Harry Proven survived the attack but was killed a year-and-a-half later, on September 29, 1918.

Sgt. Harry James Proven

Today, I’m happy to announce that two lakes in Northern Manitoba have been named in their honour. Ernest Proven Lake and Harry Proven Lake are among thirteen lakes were named after Manitoban soldiers who died during the First World War. Coverage of the event, held on Monday at the Manitoba Legislative Building, is available by clicking here.

Ernest Proven Lake

Harry Proven Lake

I am extremely happy to have played a small part in remembering these two men and a special thanks goes out to Des Kappel for making this possible.

More information about the two brothers is available by clicking here and here.

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About michaelohagan

PhD Candidate at Western University - Studying German Prisoners of War in Canada during the Second World War

2 responses to “Ernest and Harry Proven, 100 Years Later”

  1. Susan Johnson says :

    Very touching tribute. Thanks Guy Johnson

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  2. David O'Hagan says :

    Great post, Michael

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