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. 10 – THE TERRIBLE COUNTRY TOWARDS SUVLA.
This sketch is taken from the great height of Walker’s Ridge, looking down on the Outpost and over to Anafarta Plain, with Suvla Bay in the distance on the extreme left. It thus gives an excellent bird’s-eye view of the whole of the early days of August, 1915.
‘The first step in the push – the step which above all others was to count – was the night attack on the summits of the Sari Bair ridge,’ the lower slopes of which are seen on the right of this sketch. ‘The crest line of this lofty mountain range runs parallel to the sea, dominating the under-features contained within the Anzac position,’ as shown in Sketch No.1. From the main ridge a series of spurs run down towards the level, and are separated from one another by deep jagged gullies choked up with dense jungle. Two of these leading to Chunuk Bair are called Chailak Dere and Saxli Beit Dere; another deep ravine, called Aghyl Dere, runs up to Koja Chemen Tepe – or Hill 305 – the top-most peak of the whole ridge.
Sapper H. Moore-Jones
Taken from Sketches Made at Anzac, 1916