Tri-Services Monument (north of Memorial Park) at the Legislature in Winnipeg, Manitoba
The monument commemorates the women who served
during the two World Wars. The monument was placed in 1976 by
the Women’s Tri-Service Association World War I and World
War II Veterans of Winnipeg. The 1.83m statue portrays women
from each of the former three separate services - army, navy
and air force. It is dedicated to the women of the British Commonwealth. During World War I nearly 3,000 Canadian women were military nurses and during World War II some 45,000 women were clerks, cooks, heavy equipment drivers, telephone operators, parachute riggers and mechanics in Canada’s armed forces.
Flown to Winnipeg by a Canadian Forces Hercules transport aircraft in early June 1976, the sculpture was bronzed at Studio West foundry in Cochrane, Alberta. The Memorial was later rededicated by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II. (see below)
The Monument was created by sculptor Mrs. Helen Granger Young of Winnipeg. (See also The Famous Five.)
It is true that Helen Granger Young brilliantly sculpted this memorial, but this well deserved Monument was the brain child of, and was primarily designed by the only president of the Woman's Tri Service Veteran's Association, which was formed for the purpose to raise funds for this monument. That woman was Beryl Isabell Simpson (Gault). The logistics for this endeavor were planned by this Society of very few hard working women who spent years raising funds to build this Memorial. Very little public funds, if any, were received. HRH Queen Elizabeth was invited to dedicate the initial unveiling of this Memorial however Buckingham Palace advised the association that the Queen was pre committed at that time, but also wanted to visit that statue the next time she was to be in Winnipeg. A photograph is available of that later dedication below..
A very proud son,
Beryl Simpson Queen Elizabeth Helen Granger Young at the re-dedication of the Tri Services Monument. 1984