New Westminster, BC: Stuart Thompson, 1918. Loose Photograph. Panoramic gelatin silver photograph (6-7/8 inches tall x 16-1/4 inches wide) showing a contingent of soldiers at the Queen's Park Camp in New Westminster. They are gathered together in front of the ground's "Concert Room" building [designation from painted sign at upper left] prior to being shipped out to Siberia as part of Canada's Siberian Expedition to Russia in Dec. 1918. Photo is captioned in negative "C.A.S.C. [Canadian Army Service Corps] C.E.F. [Canadian Expeditionary Force] en route to Siberia. New Westminster B. C. Dec. 9th 1918 / Photo by S. Thompson Vancouver B.C.". Photo with minor fading, soil to verso and edges, small chip from bottom left corner, partial vertical crease at upper edge near center and an ink "X" noted under the gentleman second from right in the front row, else image clear and bright. Near Very Good. Item #3739
Many of the Canadians in the Force were unwilling conscripts, some of whom mutinied during the short march to their ship awaiting them at a berth in Victoria's harbor. They were "whipped" into line and put in chains for the voyage to Russia and later tried. Needless to say, the Siberian Expedition was very unpopular with war-weary Canadians as an attempt to help stem the tide of the Communist "Red Menace" Revolution which was currently tipping the International power scales in Russia. See "From Victoria to Vladivostok : Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19" UBC Press (2010) by Benjamin Isitt. A scarce photo.
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