Collection RC0658 - J. McQueen Moyes collection

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J. McQueen Moyes collection

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  • 1916-1918 (Creation)

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3 items

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J.M. Moyes was with the Canadian Infantry, 13th Battalion. Originally from Dundee, Scotland, he enlisted in Quebec in 1914 as a Private. His attestation papers list his occupation as an artist. Throughout the war he continued to draw and paint, including teaching his fellow soldiers to draw while waiting to return home in 1919. By the end of the war he had attained the rank of Lieutenant and continued to paint after the war, though he is best known for his depictions of the war. At least one of his paintings is at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and another at the Black Watch of Canada Regimental Museum in Montreal.

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This collection consists of:

  1. A poem written and illustrated by Moyes about the Second Battle of Ypres, at Saint Julien, Belgium. [1915].
  2. “Ready for the Trenches. Every man is now equipped with a splinter proof helmet before going to the Trenches.” 13th Can. Batt. Pen and ink illustration. 1916.
  3. “Map showing position of Rest Billets.” A pen and ink map of the area just north of Bailleul and Meteren, France, notes the location of the 13th-16th Battalions. On the back are listed five casualties are listed on the back. [1916?].

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The material (2014-020) was acquired from Gord Russell in June 2014.


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