The Honourable Charles Holland Locke

Charles Holland Locke was born in Morden, Manitoba, on September 16, 1887. He was the son of Corbet Locke and Esther Alice Holland. After completing his studies at the Morden Public Schools, he began his legal apprenticeship in a local law firm. A year later, he moved to Winnipeg to finish his articles in the office of Albert Blellock Hudson, a future Supreme Court of Canada judge. In 1910 he was called to the bar of Manitoba and joined the law firm of Machray, Sharpe & Dennistoun in Winnipeg. He practised law for a few years, then enlisted in the armed forces and served overseas in the First World War. Awarded the Military Cross, upon his return he resumed his practice in Winnipeg. In 1928 he was called to the bar of British Columbia and joined the law firm of Mayers, Lane & Thomson in Vancouver. On June 3, 1947, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, filling the vacancy created by the death of his mentor, Justice Hudson. He served on the Supreme Court for 15 years and retired on September 16, 1962. Justice Locke died on May 30, 1980, at the age of 92.