Item FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.3.33 - Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: sketch of Monty a NWMP officer

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Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: sketch of Monty a NWMP officer

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FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.3.33

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  • 1885 (Creation)

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1 sheet of graphic material ; gray scale watercolour painting ; 19.4 x 16.4 cm

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(1865-1941)

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Henry Roger Ashewell Pocock was born November 9, 1865 at Cookham, Berkshire, England. He came to Canada with his father in 1882, and settled in Brockville, Ontario. In 1882 and 1883, he attended the Guelph Agricultural College, and subsequently took a job as a surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Pocock enlisted with the North-West Mounted Police at Fort Osborne in 1884. When the North West Rebellion broke out, Pocock marched with Colonel Irvine's relief force from Regina to Prince Albert in the winter weather, freezing his feet during the trek. As a result of the advanced frostbite to his feet, Pocock had to have several toes amputated, rendering him an invalid constable. He kept a diary/scrapbook for each year he was with the N.W.M.P., and later used the collections to write and publish a series of fictional books based on his experiences, the first successful of which was a biographical work titled "Following the Frontier" (N.Y., 1903) also published as "A Frontiersman" (London, 1903). According to Watters (A Check List of Canadian Literature, 1628-1950), Pocock published at least 15 titles between 1888 and 1931. In 1905, Pocock went on to found "The Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth." He died November 12, 1941.

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A watercolor sketch of a seated NWMP member, wearing his NWMP uniform, including a pill box hat and tall boots. The sketch is most likely drawn by Roger Pocock, but the only name appearing on the bottom corner of the sketch is Montgomery (Monty), and the year 1885 also appears on the page.

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All researchers (including students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the general public) must submit a Retrieval Request Form at least 24 hours before their visit to Bruce Peel Special Collections in order to be sure that library materials have been retrieved from storage and are available for their use.

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This sketch was a loose item in the 1885 Pocock scrapbook.
A letter from Pocock to his mother from his 1886 scrapbook contains a written description of Monty.

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Formerly accessioned as 2008.6.1.1.1.33

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