Subseries 2008. - Album 3: Visit of Lord Shaughnessy to Shorncliffe

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Album 3: Visit of Lord Shaughnessy to Shorncliffe

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  • 22 Nov. 1916 (Creation)

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Samuel Benfield Steele was born at Purbrook, Medonte, County Simcoe, Ontario on 5 January 1848 to Captain Elmes Steele and Anne MacIan Macdonald. His father served under Nelson and other Admirals in the Napoleonic Wars, moving to Canada in 1832, with his first wife and family. After the death of his first wife, Captain Steele married Sam's mother, and they had six children, Sam being the eldest.

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G.S. Rennie who presented the album to SBS was the founder of Hamilton's first Militia medical unit on 4 December 1900. Dr. Rennie had been the medical officer of the 13th Battalion for over a dozen years but was ordered to for the 7th Bearer Corps. It was probably the participation of Canadians, including men from the 13th Battalion, in the South African War that made the authorities aware of the medical units in time of war.

Dr. Rennie was very successful in recruiting and training a good unit, which had its headquarters on James Street south, just south of the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway. Colonel Rennie subsequently commanded base hospitals in England during the First World War.


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Thomas George Shaughnessy, 1st Baron Shaughnessy, KCVO (6 October 1853 – 10 December 1923) was an American-born Canadian railway administrator who rose from modest beginnings as a clerk and bookkeeper for the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad (a predecessor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad) to become the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, serving in that capacity from 1899 to 1918. In recognition of his stewardship of the CPR and its contributions to the war effort during the Great War, Shaughnessy was elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom on 1 January 1916 as Baron Shaughnessy, of the City of Montreal in the Dominion of Canada and of Ashford in the County of Limerick.

When war broke out in 1914 Shaughnessy gave his full support to the war effort. He organized imperial transport and assisted in the financing of the war effort through loans to the government. Employees were encouraged to enlist. Senior staff were lent to the British and Canadian governments to purchase, organize, and ship supplies overseas. Construction workers were sent to rebuild damaged railways in France and Belgium. The company’s largest and fastest ships were requisitioned as transports and auxiliary cruisers and the company’s machine shops in Montreal and Winnipeg manufactured munitions and military equipment. Shaughnessy suffered enormous personal loss when one of his two sons, both of whom served overseas, was killed in action in France.

Shaughnessy House, his home in Montreal's Golden Square Mile, was designed by Montreal architect William Thomas (architect) in 1876. Though reduced from its original size, it was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1974 and is now part of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The surrounding district is named Shaughnessy Village.[1] Vancouver's prestigious neighbourhood of Shaughnessy is also named after him.

He married Elizabeth Bridget Nagle in 1880. The Shaughnessys had two sons (William James Shaughnessy served as captain and adjutant of the Duchess of Connaught’s Irish-Canadian Rangers; second Baron of Shaughnessy) and three daughters, including Marguerite Kathleen Shaughnessy for whom the CPR coastal liner SS Princess Marguerite was named.

(from on-line entries - Wikopedia and DCB)

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Album presented to Major-General Steele, C.B. M.V.O. with compliments from Colonel G.S. Rennie A.D.M.S Canada. The album is handmade with a textured paper cover and 21 pictures glued on the pages; handwritten descriptions are written below each photograph. The photographs were taken during a visit to Shorncliffe by Lord Shaughnessy on November 22nd, 1916.

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