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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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We do the work of building up trenches that have been destroyed by Fritz, dig new ones if required or any kind of construction work along the front - its rotten work re-constructing some of those old trenches on account of having to dig through the dead bodies that are in there. We were out at St Eloi, Jack Westover and I were working together filling sandbags to build up the parapet, and got into a regular nest of "Tommys" and Germans all mixed together it was "bloody orrible", we sure had a stinking job trying to fill the bags with carrion, bricks & mud. We thought that Flanders was pretty warm, but on the Somme it was worse than particular Hell Shells of all description coming over day and night and you never know where you're going to get them. and the only consolation you have is knowing that Fritz is getting about 15 of ours to one of his. Murphy was hit in the back and died of wounds, Norman Murray was blown to pieces. Jensen from Quesnel had his whole front blown away & Daly, Yorky & Jackson wounded all from Quesnel. Billy Fletcher I hear

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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