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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. 9 – THE SPHINX. A REST CAMP.
Here we see at closer quarters the curious headland already shown in Sketch No. 3, known as the Spinx. It formed the rest camp for the men out of the trenches, and the side honey-combed with dug-outs at a distance resembled a colony of sand-martins. Many a man of the Expeditionary Force will remember the Spinx and rest gully. It was known by the New Zealand boys as Wellington Street, for here the wind blows freely as it does in their distant New Zealand home. The Spinx also had its riddle that cost our men dear. Day after day from its crevice a Turkish sniper picked our men off, and it took time to locate him. He had been lowered with enough food and ammunition to last some weeks. There he carried on his sniping until a lucky shot found him. It is supposed that the Turks when driven off the headland left him behind and to his fate. On the left we get a glimpse of Suvla.
Sapper H. Moore-Jones
Taken from Sketches Made at Anzac, 1916