279 Garry Street
"Shoulder to Shoulder".
Location: NE corner Garry & Graham; South Face
Occupant: Army Navy Air Force Veterans in Canada
District: City Centre
Neighbourhood: South Portage
Artist(s): Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Sponsors: Take Pride Winnipeg!, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, ANAF Unit 50 Ft. Garry & Unit 60 Ladies Auxiliary
This Mural is called "Shoulder to Shoulder" and its central theme is also the central
theme of ANAF Unit 50: the Army, Navy and Air Force United in remembrance of those
who served and died.
The poem is 'For the Fallen' by Lawrence Binyon. Charlie Johnston: "I wanted the
poem to be the entry point of the Mural. Someone is reading and reflecting on the
The first figure is Edith Anderson, a World War I Aboriginal nurse from Six Nations
Grand River Reserve in Alberta. She served at a hospital in France and saw firsthand the
effects and suffering of war. The fallen soldier she's holding is faceless. "That was
intentional,' says Johnston. "Behind her I put Flanders Fields".
Next is Seargeant Tommy Prince, the highly decorated aboriginal war veteran who
served in World War II and in the Korean War. He is a Manitoban who received the
Distinguished Service Cross amongst other medals as well as being part of the renowned
"Devil's Brigade". He is in fact Canada's most decorated aboriginal soldier.
These first two figures symbolize the men and women in the Army. The Air Force pilot
next to them is Russ Bannock, the Distinguished Flying Cross recipient and an unsung
WWII ace. Amongst his other aerial victories, he saved the lives of many by shooting
down 19 German Buzz Bomb planes (unmanned planes filled with explosives) that were
headed for London. The female pilot is a Canadian ATA pilot from WW II who was
required to fly an amazing variety of aircraft as part of her duties, sometimes with
nothing more than an operating manual to guide her on her missions.
The next figure is Hampton "Hammy" Grey, a naval pilot who earned the Victoria Cross
when he gave his life saving the aircraft carrier "Formiddable" from being sunk by a
Japanese destroyer. The flag bearer next to him is a Canadian Wren, one of many who
served at most any naval base in World War II. The flag contains the colours of ANAF
Association Unit 60 Women's Auxilary.
Charlie: "Behind the figures from the Army, Navy and Air Force, I superimposed the
type of equipment each used. Behind Tommy Prince I put an Army tank. That tank is
actually right here in Winnipeg in the North End. There's a Spitfire behind the Air Force
figures, and I put the HMS Formiddable behind Grey."