Item 2008. - Dominion Day Sports near Festubert, 1915

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Dominion Day Sports near Festubert, 1915

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  • 01 Jul. 1915 (Creation)

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2 photographs : b&w ; 12 x 16 cm (one copy glued in photograph album) Album: Box 164-19

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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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Festubert is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. The village was on the Western Front during the First World War and was largely destroyed in the May 1915 Battle of Festubert.

Appears to be part of a series of photographs taken of battle fronts in France and Belgium. Harwood Steele refers to the photographs as: "Canadians in France" (for possible use in his book?)

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Dominion Day Sports Day near Festubert, France, 1915. A group of men are standing in a field surrounding a grazing pig. On verso is also written: "The Greasy Pig".

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  • Graphic materials Box: 163
  • Folder: 63