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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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but my transfer was delayed in going through & he thought I was not coming. so he had filled up all his N.C.O.s ranks. He told me this today. I told him I was well content to be a private which I certainly am & find it much easier to forgoe some privledges I had & have only my self to look after & not have to drag a unwilling obedience from a gang of soreheads. I used to insist on it allright but it was a constant fight & entailed alertness on my part all the time. Which would not have been so had the Officer himself shown proper respect to his Junior Cpl. But now for the new life I hardly see what use C. Thompson will be. he will certainly be a trial to his drill instructor & as we have to sleep very close together the men sleeping on either side of him will need strong stumich if they do not miss breakfast. some times. Col. Ross O.C. of the 67 told Bonner he did not want any more me. this in reference to Nicol & McCraig etc. Ross was off his nut as we were then fifty shy but as the 67 expect to leave inside of 10 days that fifty was filled up by transfers today fm the 88th Victoria Batt. There is a Batt of Bantams being raised here now 5ft 4in & under, a fine place for Roddie he would soon get his stripes in that 100 of us 1st Canadian Pioneers are expecting to go in 10 days & the O.C. promised me I should be one of the 100, but as I see much favouritism I may get left till the next lot, if I do get left I make a bet with myself I go next time as a Sergent. If 100 men leave here about every 4 weeks. as a draft to the once Canadian Batt of Pioneers

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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