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Bruce Peel Special Collections Roger Pocock Archive British Columbia, Canada
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3.4 Journey with Randle Cecil (1913)

Subseries documents the journey of Pocock and Randle Cecil. Randle Cecil (1889 - 1917) was son of Lord Rupert Ernest William Gascoyne-Cecil, Bishop of Exeter, and in early 1913 Lord Gascoyne-Cecil asked Pocock to act as a guide and chaperon to Randle during an exploration of the Pacific North-West. For the main part of their journey, they traveled mostly by horseback from Calgary, AB, to Red Bluff, CA, over the later half of 1913. Subseries contains photographs and postcards of the locations they visited, and perhaps intended to visit, as well as some people they met (mostly unidentified) along the way. It is arranged into roughly chronologically into three files: Images from unknown locations, Images from Alberta and British Columbia, and Images from Washington to California.

Images from unknown locations

Files contains images of unknown locations from Pocock and Cecil's journey. Most are likely places in British Columbia. File is arranged according to the order in which records were processed.

Images from Alberta and British Columbia

Files contains images of locations in Alberta and British Columbia from Pocock and Cecil's journey in 1913. Places are identified on the postcards and photographs either by Pocock's handwriting or by printed description. File is arranged chronologically according to order of location visited.

Postcard of railway along Skeena River, BC

A postcard of the Skeena River in BC from along the Grand Trunk Pacific train track. Caption on front reads "Grand Trunk Pacific Track along the Skeena River, B.C." and on reverse reads "The Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., Ltd. Montreal and Toronto, Printed in Great Britain, "Grand Trunk Pacific Railway"". It is unlikely that Pocock and Cecil visited the Skeena River and this was likely purchased while in Vancouver.

Postcard of dogsled in winter along Skeena River, BC

Postcard of a several dogsled teams in the winter in a forested area with mountains in the background. Caption on front reads "Mail Teams, Skeens River, B.C., During Construction of G.T.P.R.R." and on reverse reads "Pub. by McRae Bros., Ltd. Prince Rupert, B.C., Printed in Great Britain". It is unlikely that Pocock and Cecil visited the Skeena River and this was likely purchased while in Vancouver.