Series MS-3356 - World War I Photographs

Generals at Government House Portraits at Willows Camp NCOs, 88th Battalion Field Ambulance; CAMC 143rd Battalion soldiers at Sidney Camp Scenes at Willows Camp Portraits of Siberian Expeditionary Force soldiers Portraits of Siberian Expeditionary Force soldiers 143rd Battalion Band 143rd Battalion Band Scene near Heal's Rifle Range Troops at Vernon 102nd Regiment group photo. Soldier's office space Soldiers at Vernon camp Soldiers inside tent Soldiers in camp dress, Vernon Soldiers pose outside their tent Soldiers pose outside their tent Soldiers pose outside their tent 102nd Regiment group photo. Soldiers pose outside their tent Soldiers pose outside their tent Soldiers pose outside their tent Royal Canadian Regiment soldier Portraits, Siberian Expedition Canadian Army Service Corps Memorial 143rd Battalion Bandsman Veteran - Corporal Veteran and wife
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World War I Photographs

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  • 1914-1920 (Creation)

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The World War I Photographs series contains approximately 3500 photographs.

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The World War I Photographs series contains images taken in British Columbia from 1914 to 1920 in relation to the Great War. These photos cover a range of topics. Most notable are photographs of troops’ departures, either by boat from Victoria’s CPR station at Inner Harbour or Victoria’s Rithet’s Wharf, or by train from CPR stations in Vancouver or Vernon. Soldiers who wished to order photos of themselves were photographed individually by Crocker and many of these portraits, though unidentified, feature largely in this collection. Following each Battalion’s inspection, Crocker also took official photographs of companies, drafts, platoons, officers, administrators and entire battalions that were published in the Colonist announcing their departures. Crocker’s images also cover more candid shots taken at the several military camps around B.C. These include Willows Camp (Victoria), Work Point Barracks (Esquimalt), Sidney Camp, Vernon Camp, Hastings Park Camp (Vancouver), Beacon Hill Park Camp (Victoria), Heal’s Rifle Range, and Clover Point Rifle Range. These photographs show soldiers (and sailors) training in shooting, bayonet fighting, team sports, and trench digging. They also reveal how soldiers lived at the camp, showing areas such as their sleeping quarters, dining facilities, and washing quarters.

The series also contains photographs that date after the signing of the armistice in 1918. These include photographs of the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force, several images of troops returning from Europe in 1919, the Peace Day Parade of 1919 and the repatriation of troops from the Chinese Labour Corps who passed through William Head, B.C. in 1920.

Groups represented in the photographs include:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Canadian Army Service Corps
Canadian Engineers
Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force
Chinese Labour Corps
Royal Garrison Artillery
Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Regiment
Yukon Infantry Company
2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles
2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment
7th Battalion, CEF (1st British Columbia)
11th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles
16th Battalion, CEF (Canadian Scottish)
30th Battalion (2nd British Columbia)
30th Regiment (British Columbia Horse)
47th Battalion, CEF
48th Battalion, CEF
50th Regiment (Gordon Highlanders)
54th Battalion, CEF
62nd Battalion, CEF
67th Battalion, CEF (Western Scots)
88th Regiment
88th Battalion, CEF
102nd Regiment (Rocky Mountain Rangers)
103rd Battalion, CEF
143rd Battalion, CEF (B.C. Bantams)
231st Battalion. CEF (Seaforth Highlanders)
238th Battalion, CEF
259th Battalion, CEFS
260th Battalion, CEFS

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Accession number(s): 198011-011; 89-1010

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