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Colonel James Albert Cross, D.S.O. (1876-1952)

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Born in Ontario, James came to Regina in 1898. He put himself through law by teaching and working on farms and established himself as an outstanding lawyer. He went overseas at the outbreak of the First World War and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

In 1917, while still overseas, he was elected into the Saskatchewan Legislature as the soldiers’ representative. Re-elected in 1921, he served as Attorney General. He was also a founding member of Regina College and served on the board as
College Solicitor. Gentle and beloved, Jimmy is remembered in south Hillsdale’s Cross Place.

Born near Caledonia Springs, Ont., James came to Regina in 1898. Upon his arrival, he entered law and later emerged as one of Saskatchewan’s most upstanding lawyers, heading the Regina firm of Cross, Jonah, Hugg and Forbes. In 1909, his interest in civic politics motivated him to run for election and win a seat on the Regina Public School Board where he remained until 1912 when he resigned as chairman.

His military career began in 1914 at the outbreak of the First World War, where he established an outstanding service record. Going overseas as a major, he won the Distinguished Service Order / D.S.O. at the Battle of Vimy Ridge and was later invalided.  He was sent back to Britain where he became commandant at Bramshott Camp. While overseas, James was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as the soldiers’ representative for Regina in 1917. Upon his return to Canada in 1918, he was promoted to colonel, and received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Regina. He resumed his interest in politics.

In the 1921 provincial election, he was re-elected in the riding of Willow Bunch. When Charles Dunning became Premier in April of 1922, Colonel Cross became Attorney General and minister in charge of the Bureau of Child Protection. Although he was offered a position in the Gardiner cabinet in 1927, he chose instead to retire from politics in order to resume his legal practice.

In 1940, he became chairman of the Transport Board of Commissioners. James managed the board for nine years before retiring in 1949. A founder of Regina College, he served on its executive for 24 years as college solicitor. He was also active in the United Services Institute and served as head of the Saskatchewan committee in connection with the national veterans’ survey in 1939. Golf was his

He married Ida Bell Dawson (1881-1940) of Regina in 1905. He was later married a second time to Edna Leslie Fayle of Toronto.