This collection is made up of photographs by J. A. Millar depicting scenes of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier Camp, at Quebec, and at Gaspe Harbour immediately prior to sailing to Britain in 1914. Also included are a few loose photos by unknown photographers.
Mr. J. A. Millar was a staff photographer of the Montreal Daily Star and produced the album in 1915. Thanks to Lieutenant Colonel W. McBain, Millar was the photographer accompanying Colonel Hughes to Gaspe Harbour.
Many of the pictures have been identified by means of the Montreal Daily Star published during August, September, and October, 1914. Where possible the original picture captions have been used with an occasional added note. Those not identified in newspapers or elsewhere have captions by W. S. Thackray.
Besides the Montreal Daily Star, several other newspapers were examined, with disappointing results. Almost no additional photographs were found and those that were found did not appear in the album or were occasionally a copy of one found in the Montreal Daily Star. The newspapers were The Halifax Herald, The Ottawa Evening Journal, The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Vancouver Province, Victoria Times, and The Victoria Daily Colonist (all on microfilm). A few photos were identified in L.G. Barnard, The War Pictorial, Dodd-Simpson Press Limited, Montreal, 1915 held by the University of Victoria Libraries.
Image: Lieutenant Colonel W. McBain and Colonel Sam Hughes, August 1914