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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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success in getting such a livley bunch together in so short a time after we started the second time Ben Scobie was leading man & is a model. Fortunately he is strong & held on to Norrie (his side mate) by the wrist & talked to him at times kindly & some times not so kindly.

Scobie does not get full & without him the poor corporal had a poor show. It was dark so we did not look so bad. But it is surprising how much confushion one or two drunks make. But all the boys have got the spirit of war in them except perhaps Robb Norrie & Westover. I dont think Norrie can make it, he seems just a whisky bum to me & thinks of nothing else. I expect to see him get kicked out as a confirmed drunkard.

We are on the boat now & are going to Victoria to train

BC Archives, MS-0426 Box 1 File 5 / TREGILLUS, Frederick James, 1862 - 1962. Barkerville, miner. / Correspondence from Ernest Seeley, 1915 - 1919.

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