Frederick Tregillus Letters from the Cariboo Boys
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BC Archives MS-0426
the same conclusion. We appear to have all other platoons beat hollow when it comes to route marches. We had one a week ago, a sort of a race & we (no 12 platoon) were back in 3rd place in line of march & when the order was given march easy we kept up a continious shout for more speed, such as open her up, put some men that can walk in front is the front company sick & many other remarks of a like nature & at the same time we of course kept close up to our leaders. At last a senior officer rode back & asked were do you men come from. I shouted Carriboo & he said that accounts for it.
At first they called up the Prince George bunch but while we were still new & allowed liberties I corrected several of the offices by telling them we were not P. George men but from Cariboo. This pleased them as it made them think we had a strong esprit de corps which we have in a small degree but it is growing under the diplomatic treatment of officers & sergants. I was acting corporal on the way down but I lost that officially after we got here though I am still doing several jobs that a corporal has & now do not have to do any fatigue duties.
The Capt told me last night I should get a stripe today & that he would make me a
BC Archives, MS-0426 Box 1 File 5 / TREGILLUS, Frederick James, 1862 - 1962. Barkerville, miner. / Correspondence from Ernest Seeley, 1915 - 1919.