Item 2008.1.3.3.6.2.66 - Camp Sewell Visit of General Sir Ian Hamilton, 23 June 1913

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Camp Sewell Visit of General Sir Ian Hamilton, 23 June 1913

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2008.1.3.3.6.2.66

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  • 23 Jun. 1913 (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 14 cm on 13 x 19 cm mat (window mat and backing are glued together)

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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 childre, Sam being the eldest.

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Camp Sewell, Manitoba [Camp Hughes Military Training Site] west of Carberry, of North Cypress. Established as Sewell Camp in 1909, it was renamed after Major-General Sir Sam Hughes, Canada's Minister of Militia and Defence, in 1915. During World War 1 more than 38,000 troops of the Canadian Expeditionary Force trained there.

Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton (1853-1947) Lord Kitchener's Chief of Staff during the Boer War, and was Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in the unsuccessful campaign agaist Turkey at Gallipoli.

[Information from Aquila Books description, as found in folder with photograph]

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A view of the visit of General Sir Ian Hamilton to Sewell Camp; the men are on horseback with the Union Jack flying on a nearby flagpole. On verso, Harwood Steele identifies the thee men in the foreground as L-R: Colonel Steele, General Sam Hughes, and Sir Ian Hamilton. A comparison of the event with SBS's diary, suggests the date of this visit is the 23rd of June, 1913.

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  • Graphic materials Box: 163
  • Folder: 53