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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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Barkerville school about the time we get back. On our way back a real nice English woman got in the auto with her husband & you can belive she was real patriotic & talked so hardley about her two sons who are both at the front not a word of regret or a wimper about them yet it was very plain that she was a real good mother & very fond of her boys. But her heart was too full of other peoples wrongs to let her shirk her share of duty to country. The Empire is safe as long as the women keep up to their present standard. There is a lot of effort being made to furnish entertainment to the soldiers. Nearly every night there is a social or free lecture or a good cheap concert for the men to go to a number do attend these meetings still many just walk about from one Bar to the other & fill up on beer. I find I cant go to many lectures, as as a non, con, I have to attend various lectures in camp at odd hours by one or another of the officers. Most of these lectures are for non, coms, & as a rule are ment only for sergents still we all must go unless on other duty. We sometimes get lectures given to us as a platoon instead of drill. These of course I am at with the rest of the men as we are marched, also I have been given 3 books to study on drill etc I try & read these but realy get very little time as these books are not the kind, you can absorbe in odd minutes as it usually takes several minutes to get into the drift of things then along comes someone with a fool question that often I cant answer nor could any month old recuit

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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