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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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Blood and Fire; The Salvation Army

National Headquarters 101 Queen Victoria Street London E.C.

Note: The Salvation Army will be pleased to communicate with the Relatives or Friends of any Member of His Majesty's Forces in any part of the world. Communications sent to the above address will receive immediate attention.

I gave your message to Frank Stevens poor McNeren is in the clink for 14 days a very little offence & a hard hard punishment. They are turning soldiers into criminals here every day. We have 6 times the number in Jail that we ought to have.

A New Captain joined our Co today & gave us some consideration & as he knows his business he may be able if he is willing to protect us from our Adugent & O.C. who sit in the orderly room & plan out a almost impossible days work & who never go to the trouble to see if we are fed or housed. Yesterday after a light feed of Mush we were marched off at 530 a.m. & not given time to get even a sandwich with had been prepared for us got back to our next meal at 430 p.m. A number of our men have transfered to C.A.S.C. & some to C.R.E. I have tried to get reduced to the ranks but so far have not been able to make it. I think I can transfer to the C.R.E.s as a miner, a staff Officer tried to get me to do so when we first got here but I stood him off then. I may have a chance to go to France in a few days with a Draft of ours. If I can make it I shall go though I have had very little bayonet practice. I am more eager than ever to try & do my bit since I have been home & seen my sisters etc also the pretty bit of old England. I saw helps me

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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