Item 2008.1.3.3.6.2.124 - Samuel Benfield Steele and Marie Steele speaking with two women at the train station at Sewell, Manitoba (Camp Sewell)

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Samuel Benfield Steele and Marie Steele speaking with two women at the train station at Sewell, Manitoba (Camp Sewell)

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2008.1.3.3.6.2.124

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  • 1914 (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8x11 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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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.

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Samuel Benfield Steele and Marie Steele at Camp Sewell, chatting with two women, 1914. The train station and train track are visible in the background. Writing on verso reads "Sewell Camp 1914".

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  • Graphic materials Box: 164
  • Folder: 17