Winnie-the-Pooh: The Forgotten Connection

James Osborne Novels

Special thanks to CBC Radio for an interview that resurrected this little known story about the origins of Winnie-the-Pooh. Here’s a summary.


Winnie-the-Pooh was born in Canada! Well, sort of.

It all began in 1914. The First World War was underway in Europe. The Canadian Army was in desperate need of trained personnel to care for the thousands of horses used by the cavalry.

A young veterinarian in Winnipeg heeded the call.

Harry Colebourn soon found himself on a train with scores of other young men destined for the army base in Val Cartier, Quebec. A few hours into their journey the train stopped in White River, Ont., to take on water and coal for the steam engine. Like many other soldiers, Harry stepped off the train to stretch his legs.


Standing beside the tracks was a man who turned out to be a trapper. He was holding a…

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12 thoughts on “Winnie-the-Pooh: The Forgotten Connection

  1. I was totally brought up on Winnie The Pooh as a kid – the original Milne versions, not the Disney abominations. I re-read the stories recently and had forgotten just how clever they were, both in terms of literary technique and content – there’s an extremely sharp ‘adult’ level about human nature and certain sorts of character.

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  2. Thank you. I too had forgotten the origins. I loved Winnie as did my children, and grands. They embarassed my daughter one year when younger, going through the store they yelled proudly and loudly, “Pooh, I want Pooh!” My daughter told me later, thanks, mom, enjoyed that! I snicker as my children did the same to me. History in the making. And so delightful.

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