Artwork Description / Detail
Moore-Jones enlisted in the British section of the NZEF (New Zealand Expeditionary Force) in 1914, aged 47, and served as a Sapper in the 1st Company NZ Engineers at Gallipoli. There, he worked for Lieutenant-General Sir William Birdwood’s Anzac Corps Headquarters as a topographical draughtsman. He also worked on a large series of watercolours and drawings of the Anzac landscape, some of which were later completed in England. He was wounded in 1915.
Moore-Jones exhibited his artworks in London, including a private showing to the Royal Family. A portfolio of his prints was published in 1916, and an exhibition of his works toured New Zealand in 1917 to raise funds for the RSA. The New Zealand Government turned down the opportunity to purchase this collection, which was later purchased by Australia for the Australian War Memorial.
Moore-Jones died of burns received while rescuing people from the Hamilton Hotel fire in 1922.
Plate No. 6 – THE AUSTRALIAN LINES. EXTREME RIGHT
Here we have passed over Maclagan’s Ridge, crossed Shrapnel Valley, and White’s Valley (named after Lieut.-Col. White, Major Phillips, Australian Artillery) on the left, stand on McCay’s Hill (named after General J.W. McCay, 2nd Australian Brigade). We look down on the Shell Green and the Cornfield, to the Australian positions on Bolton’s Hill, the foremost line on the right until the capture of Lone Pine in August. The lines of men loaded with all kinds of munitions and stores give us some idea of the huge toil which the early days meant for the Men at Anzac, where everything had to be carried up to the firing line by hand. The tracks and steps out on the hill demonstrate the labours of the Engineers; and, with constant attention from the Turkish gunners, one can realize that Shell Green was not a healthy place. There are many graves on Shell Green; on its hill lie Col. Hubert Harris and other heroes of the Light Horse Regiments.
Under the cliffs on the right lies Brighton Beach, named after the well-known resort near Melbourne, and further towards Tasmania Point, which was held by the Tasmanians, Ryrie’s and Chatham’s Post, the Bastion and Harris Ridge. Ryrie’s was so-called after Brigadier-General Ryrie, 2nd Light Horse Brigade, A.I.F., and Chatham’s after Lieut. Chatham, 5th Light Horse Regiment. In early July the 11th Australian Battalion (West Australia) distinguished itself in the capture of a strong Turkish trench, from Tasmania Point.
In the distance we see again the hill, Hadji Manorlo Dagh, on the left, and in the centre Achi Baba which the French and British troops were vainly trying to capture, the ground falling away on the right to Cape Hellas. Nearer, we look down upon Gaba Tepe and the Olive Groves, whence the Turkish batteries could sell the whole of these positions.
Sapper H. Moore-Jones
Taken from Sketches made at ANZAC, 1916