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James Joseph Claxton Photograph Collection
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- Graphic material
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1920 - 1982 (Creation)
- Claxton, James Joseph
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140 photographs : b&w . - 0.5 cm textual records
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James Joseph Claxton was born in Ireland on August 22, 1910 and immigrated to Canada as a teenager. Despite a love for his adopted country, he never forgot his Irish roots. In 1941, he joined the Irish Fusiliers of Canada (Vancouver Regiment) where he was able to serve the British Commonwealth along side his many Irish-Canadian compatriots. The following year, his regiment was deployed for active overseas combat in North Africa, Italy and North Western Europe. At the end of World War II, Claxton returned to British Columbia where he explored this province by settling for a time in Kamloops, Kelowna, Salmon Arm and finally Burnaby. He owned a jewellery store in the New Westminster area for several years in which he showcased his extensive collection of Royal Irish Constabulary badges and ephemera. Claxton was an active leader for the Salmon Arm Boys Scouts of Canada group, and was a member of both the Irish Fusiliers Association and the Toc H (an international charity and membership movement that emerged from a soldiers' club in Belgium during World War I). He also served aboard the M.S. Columbia III (ca. 1960) – one of the last ships then maintained by the Anglican Church’s Columbia Coast Mission. This mission provided religious, medical and social services to remote coastal settlements, logging camps and First Nations communities along the inner coast from 1905 to the late 1960s. James Joseph Claxton passed away at the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster at the age of 86. He was cremated and buried at sea off the northern tip of Vancouver Island at Cape Caution.
Scope and content
Collection consists of 140 photographs pertaining to the life and pursuits of James Joseph Claxton over the course of sixty years. Subject areas identified within this collection include: quartz and placer mining in the Cariboo; Kingcome Village; the Royal Irish Contabulary; Roderick's Jewelers, New Westminster; the "M.S. Columbia III"; Kwakiutl petrographs in Fort Rupert; totem poles at Alert Bay; and the Salmon Arm Boy Scouts of Canada group.
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All originals are housed at the Northern BC Archives & Special Collections
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.tiff & .jpg
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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Personal or academic use of photographic materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.
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“Toc H” located at http://www.toch-uk.org.uk/index.html (accessed April 18, 2011); “Irish Military Diaspora” located at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_military_diaspora (accessed April 18, 2011)
“Irish Regiments of The British Army” located at http://irishregimentsofthebritisharmy.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=28452208 (accessed April 18, 2011). “Remembering Columbia’s Glory Days” by Jeanette Taylor published in the “Columbia River Mirror” (Oct. 20, 2006) located at http://www.porthardy.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=21 (accessed Nov. 17, 2009).