William H. Moore papers

William H. Moore papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Moore, William Harry, b. 1884
Title: William H. Moore papers
Dates: 1912-1919
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (10 folders in 1 document box; MS 3291 - MS 3294 in same box)
Coll. Number: ms3292

Biographical/Historical Note

William Harry (Mex) Moore (b. 1884) was an American serving in the 4th Battery, 2nd Brigade, Canadian Reserve Artillery/Branch Expeditionary Force during World War I. His first overseas station was Milford Camp in Witley, Surrey (England), where he studied signaling (using signal flags to send messages). He then went to La Belle (France), Sieglar (Germany) and Jemappes (Belgium). He never mentions his home state (possibly Texas) or why he enlisted in Canada. He does mention riding horses, working on a cattle ranch, working in Mexico, and his Uncle Jim's ranch in Hudson, Wyoming. Although William Moore did not meet Cora McLean until after the war, Moore was determined to marry her. He was eventually rejected, but continued to write her after he returned to Canada and the United States. After he returned home, his health declined and he had trouble finding work as an electrician.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters written by William H. Moore to Cora McLean in Boston, Massachusetts. A match-making friend gave McLean the overseas address of Moore and the correspondence between them began. The letters describe camp life, his fellow soldiers, his health, the local people, and his dislike of the Germans. In his last letters he was working as a motion picture operator in Tacoma, Washington. McLean's letters are not included in the collection. Also in the collection are cartoon drawings of army life and several letters to Cora McLean from others, including her brother Sid.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Army life--Caricatures and cartoons.
McLean, Cora -- Correspondence
Moore, William Harry, b. 1884 -- Correspondence
Royal Regiment of Artillery. Branch Expeditionary Force. -- Military life
Soldiers' writings, Canadian.
World War, 1914-1918--Communications.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William H. Moore papers. MS 3292. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1917
2Correspondence, January- May 1918
3Correspondence, June- December 1918
4Correspondence, January 1919
5Correspondence, February 1919
6Correspondence, March 1919
7Correspondence, April -May 1919
8Correspondence, June- November 1919
9Correspondence to Cora McLeon from others, 1912- 1918
10Cartoon drawings