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Famous Winnipeggers and Things

Winnie The Pooh

Author, Alan Alexander Milne who wrote the story Winnie the Pooh was born in London on January 18, 1882. He was the third and youngest son. In 1913 Milne married Dorothy de SÍlincourt. Their only son, Christopher Robin Milne, was born in 1920.

The inspiration for the bear's name follows:

When World War I broke out in 1914, Harry Coleburn, a skilled veterinarian enlisted as in the Canadian Army. On August 23, Harry boarded a train leaving Winnipeg that was bound for Quebec to the ocean transport that took Canadian soldiers overseas to England where they would eventually be assigned to France where the fighting was. The train stopped over in White River, Ontario and at this platform, he purchased a small black bear cub from a local hunter. His regiment later proclaimed the bear as their mascot and the bear was named Winnie after Harry's home town of Winnipeg. Winnie became as tame as any house pet and was the darling of the soldiers. When the call to France came, Harry brought the bear to the London Zoo for temporary safekeeping. Winnie thrived in the care of the Zoo, and was extremely docile and playful. He was soon one of the Zoo's main attractions. Harry returned from fighting in 1918 to claim his bear, but, upon seeing the delight Winnie brought to the Zoo's visitors, Harry went home to Canada and Winnie stayed on in London for the next 15 years entertaining children.

The Zoo was a favorite spot for Milne family outings. For his first birthday Christopher Robin received a stuffed bear named Edward from his mother. Boy and bear were never separated. At the age of 5 Christopher Robin made his first trip to the Zoo and met the bear from Winnipeg. He not only took a shine to the live bear, but changed the name of his stuffed bear, Edward, to Winnie. The name "Pooh" was borrowed from a swan that Christopher had befriended and named while on a holiday in the English countryside.

The rest of the story is in the books and cartoons about Winnie the Pooh, the bear named after Winnipeg, Manitoba.