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. 8 – THE POSITION LOOKING NORTH OVER SHRAPNEL GULLY
We are now back on the right of the line looking again at the historic positions, but this time from the Indian Mountain Battery on McLaurin’s Hill looking north over Shrapnel Valley. On the extreme left we get a glimpse of Suvla and the Sphinx over Plugge’s Plateau. On the skyline we note the network of Turk trenches on the Sari Bair range, so intersected that they got the name of the chessboard. Below this we have a good view of Pope’s, Dead Man’s Ridge, Quinn’s, Courtney’s and Steele’s, with Smythe’s further to the right, looking over the Stuart’s on the extreme right, where we also get another glimpse of Walker’s Ridge.
In the very centre of the picture is the angle known as ‘Bloody Angle’, where so much of the best blood of Australia was shed in the Empire’s cause. Bridges’ Road commemorates general Bridges, whose loss had to be deplored soon after the landing. It was at Courtney’s that Lance-Corporal Jacka, of the 4th brigade, won the first V.C. for Australia
Sapper H. Moore-Jones
Taken from Sketches Made at Anzac, 1916