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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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was trusted to go up town to buy smokes or matches or other things we needed. So we were forced to pay the usual train Boys prices & were deceived about pay so many were soon broke & of course the rest of were in the same fix soon after. We were kept in the train at Halifax for 2 hours then marched on to the boat. The Lapland which however did not sail for 3 days but we were not allowed to write. We left 2 hours after day light the a.m. of 15 March. Had a County Class Cruiser from Halifax half way there met one of the same class which took us to England, the first one returning to Canada. The one we met was on time to the ½ minute Rather a good example of the power precision of our Navy. 2½ days out from Liverpool we also got two distroyers (We were two ships Lap'd & Megantic) who always kept on our right side but were some times 2 miles away though often only 100 yd off. The big ship was always in front of us. No wireless was used, but flags often & we seemed to always run in the water passed through by the Cruiser all 3 large ships kept 300 yards apart. Once, 2 day Fm. Lp the Cruiser & one distroyer went off at great speed & disapeared for a time. We were told by our officer I now I belive it a stock story) after we had landed that they got 2 subs on the trip. I belive we had the most valuable cargo that crossed since the war started small amunition & empty shells & chemicals. Also 3000 men on our boat & 2,300 on the other.

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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