Maj Harry D. Colebourn

Maj Harry D. Colebourn

Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Death 24 Sep 1947 (aged 60)
Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Burial Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Memorial ID 16602679 · View Source
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Soldier, owner of the original Winne the Pooh.

Originally from England, Major Colebourn moved to Canada to study veterinary medicine, first in Ontario, then in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

While on his way to action in World War I on a train across Canada, Colebourn came across a hunter who had a female bear cub for sale. He bought the bear, named it "Winnie" after his adopted hometown of Winnipeg, and took it with him to England. Before shipping out to France, Colebourn arranged to keep Winnie at the London Zoo. He eventually donated his bear to the zoo. It was there that writer A.A. Milne encountered Winnie, while visiting with his son Christopher Robin.

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  • Created by: JC
  • Added: 11 Nov 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16602679
  • Garth Woodward
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Harry D. Colebourn (12 Apr 1887–24 Sep 1947), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16602679, citing Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by JC (contributor 46812044) .