Lieutenant Colonel W.H. Sharpe, MP
184th (Manitou) Battalion
The man who is not prepared to serve his country at the present time should have no place in the affairs of Canada.
(W.H. Sharpe, Debates, 23 Jan 1917, 9)
William Henry Sharpe was a homesteader, merchant and politician. Born in Scott Township, Ontario on 19 April 1868, he moved to Manitoba and was elected Conservative MP for Lisgar in 1908. After a failed bid in the 1915 provincial election and an appointment to the Senate, Sharpe was authorized to raise the 184th Battalion. His younger brother Sam Sharpe, fellow Conservative MP, commanded the 116th Battalion.