Frederick Tregillus Letters from the Cariboo Boys
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BC Archives MS-0426
(when we must get up) till 4 or 415 p.m. when we are free to go up town (3 miles, fare 5 c) but must be in by 10 p.m. (1030 Sat. & Sun.) Passes can be easily got for all night out during the week but weekend passes are harder to get as so many ask for them & only 10 percent of the Batt. is allowed to leave at one time.
In the morning we usually parade about 815 & do simple drill in platoons (about 50 men) right & left turn form focus & simple marches around the parade grounds (the oval inside race track) there will generally be 10 or 14 party like ours also a pipe band & bugerlers practicing & men wig waging with flags & a company of B.C. horse either practicing tent pegging or cutting the turks head & many sights & sounds strange to all of us, so small wonder if some times our wits are off wool gathering instead of listening to the drill sergent we are well off in that line, all the sergants are men & gentlemen they show great tact & good nature & I am very proud to be a small part of this great army of the King's. May destruction come to all our enemies wether in Germany & Austria or in Barkerville.
Bob Norrie is doing fine not drinking to excess as he did all the way down so that I feared he would
BC Archives, MS-0426 Box 1 File 5 / TREGILLUS, Frederick James, 1862 - 1962. Barkerville, miner. / Correspondence from Ernest Seeley, 1915 - 1919.