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Frederick Tregillus Letters from the Cariboo Boys

Letters to Frederick James Tregillus from Barkerville men who served in the First World War: Joseph Callanan, J.H. Ellis, George Freeman Killam, George Gilchrest, R. Norris, Mr. and Mrs. Nowosky, John Petterson, Ernest Seeley, N.W. Thompson, George Turner, and John Benjamin Westover. Learn more.

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BC Archives MS-0426

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us, and not content with "strafing" us there, he would shell our dugouts while we were resting in the daytime. I was at Ypres and Poperinghe two or three times and the first place is pretty well demolished and the latter placed has been shelled quite a lot, at Dickebusch there's only a few houses standing but they are all knocked "galleywest" and crooked. St Eloi is flat now and grass growing over it.

We came out from there and had a week or ten days march (called it a rest) well we did rest at St Omar for four days) and then to the Somme.

We went into camp just in front of La Boiselle wood about a mile and a half from Contal maison five miles back from Fritz's front line, had to do all our work at night and walk to our trenches about four and a half miles from line, had to do all our little bit I suppose you have heard that we were made into a Pioneer Battation and attached to the 4th Division Canadians.

BC Archives, MS-0426 Box 1 File 2 / TREGILLUS, Frederick James, 1862-1962. Barkerville, miner. / Correspondence from George F. Turner, 1916-1917.

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