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Help solve this WWI mystery: Who is British soldier and artist ‘JM’?

ABOVE: University of Victoria researchers are asking for your help to identify a mystery World War I artist. Kylie Stanton has details.

VANCOUVER – University of Victoria researchers are hoping the public will be able to identify the artist whose remarkable First World War sketches somehow ended up in the university’s archives.

The sketches were done by a British soldier with the initials “JM”.

He used stationary with the coat of arms of The Royal Artillery and was based in France and Belgium in 1917 and 1918.

The sketchbooks contain about 130 watercolours and ended up at UVic sometime in the 1960s.

One page had a dedication to a daughter named Adèle but there is not much else to go on.

“I think they indicate somebody who’s had some experience with drawing and sketching,” said Lara Wilson, UVic director of special collections. “And obviously who had access to these materials to create these images. Maybe someone will come forward and identify this as belonging originally to a member of their family.”

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The sketchbooks will be available for public viewing starting in November but you can also view them online.

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