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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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April 25/16

Cpl E. Seeley 489697 A Co 1st Canadian Pioneers Shorncliffe

Dear Fred

First let me say I am writing this under great difficulties. We are shamefully overworked here & only half fed. No one would belive what I could tell unless they were here to see it. We are not learning much that will help us to defend our selfs against a german. But are kept on the hop for from 12 to 18 hours a day doing guards & police piquet & fatigues I have been Orderly Cpl for 19 days & that means here up at 5 a.m. & bed at 10 to 1030 p.m. & on the double half of the time. However I managed to get 6 days leave after it & am now back at it again. I think I should have gone bug house if I had not got off. I had a splendid time at home. Too good. I miss it so much now I am back. I had a dread that I should be out of touch with my Sisters & Brothers but it was not so & 3 minutes after I got to the house I felt as if I had never been away & we all felt so. You can immagine how a Soldier fared with 3 fond & good women to look after him. I am almost of a mind to stay here if I should get out of this war all right We had an uneventfull trip on train 8 day; close prisners in the cars not even a Cpl

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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