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Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Hill Moodie, ca. 1917
Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Hill Moodie, ca. 1917
PA-4043-7-10

Walter Hill Moodie fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1Biographical sketches and legal papers. -- 1884-1955
Series 2Diaries. -- 1897-1955
Series 3 Correspondence. -- 1875-1951, 1980-2005
Series 4 Scanned Document Miscellaneous. -- 1851-1965
Series 5 Photographs. -- [ca.1866]-[ca.1950]

Inventory

Series 1 Biographical sketches and legal papers. -- 1884-1955. -- 3.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of legal papers, military service records, biographical sketches, etc.
M-9713-1 Biographical sketches. -- 1884, 1952-1955, 1990-[ca.1995]. -- Consists of obituaries of Walter Hill Moodie and his wife, Marcella Ellen Twiss Moodie (Mercie), published and unpublished biographical sketches prepared by Moodie and his daughters, Janet and Marcella, notes from a character reading by Professor O.S. Fowler done when Moodie was age 13 (1884), etc.
M-9713-2 Miscellaneous legal papers. -- 1894-1955. -- Consists of birth, marriage and death certificates, homestead documents, will, etc. Also includes a lock of his mother's hair taken the year she died (1894).
M-9713-3 Military papers re South African War. -- 1899-1903. -- Consists of copy of military service record and associated correspondence and other documents.
M-9713-4 Military papers re First World War. -- 1915-1919. -- Consists of Officer's Record of Services, list of service dates and rank achieved, Distinguished Service Order certificate, etc.
Series 2 Diaries. -- 1897-1955. -- 34 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of diaries kept by Moodie throughout his lifetime detailing his work as a surveyor and engineer in British Columbia and South Africa, his experiences in Canada and overseas during World War 1, and his post-war life as a fruit farmer in East Kelowna, B.C.
M-9713-5 Diary. -- 1897. -- Re life in Kaslo, survey work in British Columbia, etc.
M-9713-6 Diary. -- 1905. -- Re work for the engineering branch, Central South African Railways. In October 1899, Moodie enlisted for one year's service in the South African War, serving with the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry. After being discharged in October 1900, he went to work for Central South African Railways. In 1903, he married his Kaslo sweetheart, Marcella Ellen Twiss in Capetown. Daughter Janet was born in 1904; son Campbell in 1906. In 1908, the family returned to British Columbia where daughter Marcella (Nell) was born in 1909.
M-9713-7 Diary. -- 1909. -- Re survey work in northern British Columbia (Prince Rupert area), engineering work for C.A. Stoess on the Belgo Dam northeast of Kelowna, etc.
M-9713-8 Diaries. -- 1911-1914. -- Re experiences as manager, Canyon Creek Irrigation Co., family life in East Kelowna, etc. Moodie joined the Rocky Mountain Rangers in 1898 while working in Kaslo, rejoined the unit in 1912 and volunteered for active duty in August 1914. During the war, the Rocky Mountain Rangers were tasked with defending the Canadian Pacific Railway main line bridges.
M-9713-9 Diaries. -- 1915, 1917-1919. -- Re experiences during the First World War while serving in England, France and Belgium. Moodie joined the Canadian Engineers, 1st Canadian Pioneers in September 1915 with the rank of Captain and was promoted to Major in October 1915. He sailed to England with his regiment in November 1915 and to France in March 1916. The 1st Canadian Pioneers were converted to the 9th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops later that year. He attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and succeeded to the command of the Battalion in the summer of 1917. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in January 1918 and returned to Kelowna in April 1919.
M-9713-10 Diaries. -- 1920-1928. -- Re experiences as a fruit farmer in East Kelowna.
M-9713-11 Diaries. -- 1930-1939. -- Re experiences as a fruit farmer living in East Kelowna.
M-9713-12 Diaries. -- 1940-1944. -- Re experiences as a fruit farmer living in East Kelowna. The orchard was sold in November 1944 and the Moodies retired to Kelowna.
M-9713-13 Diaries. -- 1945-1949. -- Re retirement life in Kelowna. Moodie's wife, Marcella (Mercie) died in Kelowna on April 5, 1949 at the age of 74.
M-9713-14 Diaries. -- 1950-1955. -- Re retirement life in Kelowna. Moodie died in Kelowna on November 3, 1955 at the age of 84.
Series 3 Correspondence. -- 1875-1951, 1980-2005. -- 50 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of letters sent and received by Moodie throughout his lifetime including a series of formal dispatches sent while serving in the Boer War and a large collection of letters sent to family while serving overseas during World War 1. The series also includes correspondence between Moodie's family and military historian/collector, James W. Lang re Moodie's military artifacts (1980-2005).
  Miscellaneous correspondence. -- 1875-1951, 1980-2005
M-9713-15 Miscellaneous correspondence sent and received. -- 1875, 1891-1894. -- Includes letters to and from Moodie's mother, Janet E. Johnson Moodie and a telegraph regarding her sudden death in 1894.
M-9713-16 Miscellaneous correspondence sent and received. -- 1912-1914. -- Consists of letters from Moodie's father, Walter Moodie, and letters to his sisters, Marion and Lucy.
M-9713-17 Miscellaneous correspondence sent and received. -- 1941-1951. -- Consists mainly of letters from Moodie's aunt T'Amy (Mrs. A.H. Hill) of Longships, Folkestone, England. Also includes a certificate of life membership in the British Columbia Fruit Growers' Association, and personal condolences from former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King upon the death of his wife Marcella in 1949.
M-9713-18 Correspondence between Walter Hill Moodie's family and military historian/collector, James W. Lang re Moodie's military artifacts. -- 1980-2005
  Correspondence while serving and working in South Africa. -- 1899-1909
M-9713-19 South African War dispatches. -- 1899-1900. -- Consists of a series of formal letters detailing Moodie's experiences travelling to South Africa and fighting in the Transvaal during the Boer War. Moodie volunteered with the Canadian contingent heading to South Africa in 1899. He served one year with the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry and was discharged in 1900. The file includes handwritten and typed originals of dispatches and extracts published in the Kaslo newspaper, the Kootenaian.
M-9713-20 Correspondence sent and received while living in South Africa. -- 1899-1908. -- Includes letters to Moodie's Aunt Berthia (Mrs. James Moodie), sisters Margaret (Peggy) and Lucy, and daughter Janet.
M-9713-21 Testimonials and other items collected while working for Central South African Railways. -- 1900-1909
  Correspondence during the First World War. -- 1915-1923
M-9713-22 First World War letters home to family. -- September-December 1915. -- Moodie joined the Canadian Engineers, 1st Canadian Pioneers in September 1915 with the rank of Captain and was promoted to Major in October 1915. He sailed to England with his regiment in November 1915. His wife and children spent the war years in Vancouver with Marcella's brother, W.J. Twiss and his family.
M-9713-23 First World War letters home to family. -- January 1916
M-9713-24 First World War letters home to family. -- February 1916
M-9713-25 First World War letters home to family. -- March 1916. -- Moodie sailed to France the 1st Canadian Pioneers in March 1916. Shortly after arriving, he was injured in a fall from his horse. He was invalided back to England at the end of March 1916.
M-9713-26 First World War letters home to family. -- April 1916
M-9713-27 First World War letters home to family. -- May 1916
M-9713-28 First World War letters home to family. -- June 1916
M-9713-29 First World War letters home to family. -- July 1916
M-9713-30 First World War letters home to family. -- August 1916. -- Moodie returned to active duty in France in mid August 1916. He served in France and Belgium until the end of the war.
M-9713-31 First World War letters home to family. -- September 1916
M-9713-32 First World War letters home to family. -- October 1916
M-9713-33 First World War letters home to family. -- November 1916
M-9713-34 First World War letters home to family. -- December 1916. -- The 1st Canadian Pioneers were converted to the 9th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops in December 1916.
M-9713-35 First World War letters home to family. -- January 1917
M-9713-36 First World War letters home to family. -- February 1917
M-9713-37 First World War letters home to family. -- March 1917
M-9713-38 First World War letters home to family. -- April 1917
M-9713-39 First World War letters home to family. -- May 1917
M-9713-40 First World War letters home to family. -- June 1917. -- Moodie attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and succeeded to the command of his Battalion in June 1917.
M-9713-41 First World War letters home to family. -- July 1917
M-9713-42 First World War letters home to family. -- August 1917
M-9713-43 First World War letters home to family. -- September 1917
M-9713-44 First World War letters home to family. -- October 1917
M-9713-45 First World War letters home to family. -- November 1917. -- Moodie was mentioned in dispatches in November and December 1917.
M-9713-46 First World War letters home to family. -- December 1917
M-9713-47 First World War letters home to family. -- January 1918. -- Moodie was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on January 1, 1918.
M-9713-48 First World War letters home to family. -- February 1918
M-9713-49 First World War letters home to family. -- March 1918
M-9713-50 First World War letters home to family. -- April 1918
M-9713-51 First World War letters home to family. -- May 1918
M-9713-52 First World War letters home to family. -- June 1918
M-9713-53 First World War letters home to family. -- July 1918
M-9713-54 First World War letters home to family. -- August 1918
M-9713-55 First World War letters home to family. -- September 1918
M-9713-56 First World War letters home to family. -- October 1918
M-9713-57 First World War letters home to family. -- November 1918
M-9713-58 First World War letters home to family. -- December 1918
M-9713-59 First World War letters home to family. -- January 1919. -- Moodie and his Battalion returned to England in January 1919.
M-9713-60 First World War letters home to family. -- February 1919
M-9713-61 First World War letters home to family. -- March 1919. -- Moodie sailed from England at the end of March, arriving in Canada in April 1919.
M-9713-62 Post-war communications from Department of Militia and Defense. -- 1919-1923. -- Includes Moodie's last pay certificate and statement of war service gratuity.
Series 4 Miscellaneous. -- 1851-1965. -- 50 cm of textual records. -- 31 photographs : b&w. -- 3 items oversize. -- The series consists of a scrapbook containing photographs taken by Moodie during his early years in southern Alberta, and material collected by him while in South Africa, Kelowna and during the First World War.
M-9713-63 Items relating to Moodie's parents. -- 1851-1866. -- Consists of books inscribed to Walter Moodie (1851) and Janet E. Moodie (1866), and a phrenological character reading of Walter Moodie created by L.N. Fowler, 1859.
M-9713-67 Scrapbook. -- [ca.1870s-1890s]. -- 31 photographs : b&w. -- Consists mainly of pictures cut from magazines, decals, greeting cards, etc. Also includes photographs showing views of early Calgary, First Nations in Calgary, Moodie family home in Calgary, sisters Lucy, Margaret and Marion, southern Alberta, Crowsnest Pass, Turtle Mountain, etc.

Some of the photographs have been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
M-9713-64 Books inscribed to Walter Hill Moodie. -- 1887-1903. -- Received on his 16th birthday from his sisters (1887), and from his prospective brother-in-law, W.J. Twiss, just prior to his marriage to Marcella Twiss in 1903.
M-9713-o.s. 1 War chart showing the battle ground in South Africa. -- 1899. -- Supplement to the Montreal Daily Star, October 21, 1899.
M-9713-65 Miscellaneous poetry, notes and clippings. -- 1899-1954. -- Includes poetry composed by Moodie in 1900 during the South African War, and newspaper clippings relating to his First World War experiences.
M-9713-66 South African publications collected by Moodie. -- 1900-1910. -- Also includes a copy of Canadian Pictorial, July 1910, featuring a picture of Janet and Campbell Moodie playing at the Cape Colony summer resort.
M-9713-o.s. 2 Plan of the city of Kelowna. -- [ca.1910]
M-9713-o.s. 3 First World War barrage map showing an area of northeast France. -- 1918. -- Sheet 57c N.E. showing trenches and military positions revised from information received to 21-9-18. Marked Secret.
Series 5 Photographs. -- [ca.1866]-[ca.1950]. -- 473 photographs. -- The series consists of views of Walter Hill Moodie living and working in southern Alberta, Kaslo and Kelowna areas, British Columbia, and South Africa, and serving during the South African War and the First World War. Included are views of Moodie's wife, children, parents and other Moodie family members and friends.

Many of these photographs have been scanned. View now.
PA-4043-1-((1-12) Views of Moodie family in Alberta and British Columbia. -- [ca.1866]-1898. -- 14 photographs : b&w. -- Consists of views of Walter Hill Moodie at the Glenbow Ranch, surveying in southern Alberta, and living and working in Kaslo, B.C., Moodie's parents, Walter Moodie and Janet E. Johnson Moodie, his sister, Margaret Moodie, his fiancee Marcella (Mercie) Ellen Twiss, etc.
PA-4043-2-(1-21) Pages from Moodie family photo albums. -- 1895-1906. -- 21 photographs : b&w. -- Consists of views of Moodie family home in Calgary, Walter Hill Moodie living and working in Kaslo, B.C., sister Marion Moodie in nurse's uniform, fiancee Marcella Ellen Twiss (Mercie), etc.
PA-4043-3-(1-32) Views taken while serving and living in South Africa. -- 1899-1908. -- 31 photographs : b&w. -- 2 photographs : glass plate negatives. -- Consists of views of Walter Hill Moodie in uniform in Kaslo, B.C. and Johannesburg, S.A., and views taken or collected by him while serving in the Boer War and working for Central South African Railways.
PA-4043-4-(1-17) Views of Moodie family in South Africa. -- 1903-1908. -- 17 photographs : glass plate negatives. -- Consists of views of Walter Hill Moodie, his wife Marcella (Mercie), and children, Janet (born 1904) and Campbell (born 1906). Note: prints of these views are in PB-4043-5 and PD-422-3.
PA-4043-5-(1-15) Views of Moodie family in South Africa. -- 1903-1908. -- 16 photographs : b&w. -- Consists of views of Walter Hill Moodie, his wife Marcella (Mercie), and children, Janet (born 1904) and Campbell (born 1906).
PA-4043-6-(1-22) Views of Moodie family in Kelowna, British Columbia. -- 1909-[ca.1950]. -- 23 photographs : b&w. -- Consists of views of Walter Hill Moodie, his wife Marcella (Mercie), children, Janet (born 1904), Campbell (born 1906) and Marcella (Nell; born 1909), his father, Walter Moodie, and other Moodie family members and friends.
PA-4043-7-(1-22) First World War views. -- 1914-1919, [ca.1942]. -- 25 photographs : b&w. -- 1 photograph : hand col. -- Consists of portraits of Walter Hill Moodie in uniform (one is hand coloured), views of officers and men, a series of official war photos obtained from the British Imperial War Museum, two aerial views showing farmland and trenches in northeastern France, and views of Moodie dressed in his uniform for Armistice Day, ca. 1942.
PB-1011-(1,2) Portraits of Walter Hill Moodie in military uniform. -- [ca.1902], [ca.1914]. -- 1 photograph : b&w. -- 1 photograph : hand col. -- Consists of views of Moodie taken during the South African War and the First World War. Note: PB-1011-2 is a hand coloured version of PA-4043-7-4.
PD-422-1-(1-24) Photo album. -- [ca.1890s]-1905. -- 24 photographs : b&w. -- Consists mainly of commercial photographs by R.H. Trueman & Co., Vancouver, B.C., including views of Blackfoot woman with child in papoose, Frank Slide, Kaslo, B.C., and railways and railway building in Alberta and British Columbia. Also includes some railway building views taken in South Africa.
PD-422-2-(1-56) Photo album. -- 1903-1908. -- 56 photographs : b&w. -- Consists of views of Moodie family living in South Africa: Walter Hill Moodie, his wife, Marcella (Mercie), and children, Janet (born 1904) and Campbell (born 1906).
PD-422-3-(1-163) Photo album. -- 1891-1917. -- 163 photographs : b&w. -- Consists of views of Walter Hill Moodie in southern Alberta, and with his wife and children in South Africa and Kelowna, B.C. Includes a view of Moodie at the Glenbow Ranch near Calgary, Alta.
PD-422-4-(1-78) Scrapbook-photo album. -- 1915-1922. -- 78 photographs : b&w. -- Consists of miscellaneous military papers, certificates, greeting cards, poetry, and other memorabilia relating to Walter Hill Moodie's World War I experiences. Includes commercial photographs depicting wartime scenes and personnel, and aerial photographs showing villages and trenches in northeastern France annotated to indicate location and details of bridges.
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