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Henry Roger Pocock fonds


Physical Description:
15 cm of textual records. -- 2 microfilm reels. -- 47 photographs

Henry Roger Pocock, 1865-1941, adventurer, seaman, soldier and author, was born in England and came to Canada with his missionary father in the 1880s. He joined the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) in 1884, but was discharged with a pension in 1887 after freezing his feet and losing the toes of his right foot. He then guided sportsmen, gold seekers and explorers in Alberta and British Columbia, before embarking on a variety of other adventures. He served as a missionary in New Caledonia, was a seaman with the Yokohama pirates, revisited many NWMP posts, 1897-1898, made a solitary horseback trip from Fort Macleod to Mexico City along the backbone of the Rockies, 1899, served in the South African War, was a missionary in Africa, and travelled to Greenland, before founding the Legion of Frontiersmen in London in 1904. He then sailed around the world, 1908-1909, fought in the First World War, engaged in deep sea fishing, 1919-1921, and went to Spitzbergen with the Oxford Expedition. He last visited Canada in 1935. He was the author of many adventure books, articles and short stories. For further information see One Hundred Years of the Legion of Frontiersmen / Geoffrey A. Pocock. -- London : Phillimore & Company, 2004; and Outrider of Empire : The Life and Adventures of Roger Pocock / Geoffrey A. Pocock. -- Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2007.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence; manuscripts of books and short stories (Searchlights, Van Ymuiden Millions, The Salvation Pirate, Yokohama Pirates, A Tonic in the North); manuscript of poem, "The Broken Men"; newspaper articles largely pertaining to adventures in western Canada and Alaska (British Columbia First Nations, Rocky Mountain Club, Kootenay district of British Columbia, Muir Glacier, Skeena murder trials and stories, Behring Sea fur seals, NWMP tales, Klondike gold rush, trip across Canada, etc.); and a compilation of information on the history of the Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonweath. Also includes photographs of NWMP posts visited by Pocock.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Harwood Steele, 1964-1966, and Will Shandro, 2000-2004.

The material is in English.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-981, M-982, M-983, M-8779, Microfilm-Pocock-1, Microfilm-Pocock-2, NA-943

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