Item 2008. - Canadian military officers in Mürren, Switzerland

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Canadian military officers in Mürren, Switzerland

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  • 23 Aug. 1917 (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm

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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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This photograph was sent to SBS in a letter from Lieutenant Eric Smith (1st C.M.R.) who had served under Steele in South Africa. His letter explains his circumstances and the reason for the accompanying photograph. See original letter in file: 2008. (Box 94-8).

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A photograph sent to SBS from Lieutenant Eric Smith (1st C.M.R.) posing with other Canadians who had been captured in WW1, and then sent to Switzerland for repatriation. On this occasion, General Lord Brooke and Major Geary were visiting the Canadians gathered in Mürren, Switzerland, and posed for a group photograph. Smith has provided on verso identification of some of the individuals in the photo.

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  • Graphic materials Box: 163
  • Folder: 88