Charles

Railway Point. British Columbia: CNR, N of Valemount
52°52’10” N 119°17’30” W — Map 83D/14 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1989. Official in BCCanada
John Leslie Charles, 1914

John Leslie Charles, 1914
Wikipedia

This station on the Canadian National Railway in named for Major John Leslie Charles (1892–1992), long-time chief engineer of Canadian National Railway’s former western division in Winnipeg.

Major John Leslie (Les) Charles was born in 1892 in Weybridge, Surrey, England, and moved to Winnipeg in 1910. He began working for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway survey party in their Mountain division. Except during WW1, Charles worked on the Hudson Bay Railway until its completion at Churchill, Maitoba, in 1930. He then worked for the Canadian National Railway for 55 years, progressing to the position of chief engineer of the Western Region.

Major Charles served in both World Wars. During World War I, he was promoted to the rank of major and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. In WWII, he recruited and commanded the 20th field company of the Royal Canadian Engineers. He also served with the American Army, surveying for a military railway connecting Alaska and Canada.

References:

  • CN (Canadian National Railway). Transportation planning branch, Edmonton, and historical office, Montréal.
  • Charles, John Leslie [1892–]. University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. John Leslie Charles fonds (1908–1989). University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
  • John Leslie Charles. Wikipedia

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