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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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We had some very hot weather in late May burnt the skin off our faces entirely very painfull when in the sun & face felt as a burn does for days. Since the post 10 days we have had cold & nasty winds & a lot of rain 5 inches of mud at our camp in half a day if it rains. The vegitable gardens around here look splendid & there is a lot of ground in small lots & some very large patches of potatoes. This place is very deserted from a Watering Place point of view no one here as visitors but solders. You can see lot of photos of a crouded beach taken a year or so ago. Now no one but a few soldiers on the Beach. The Higher Parade is pretty well filled every evening with Soldiers & officers by mutual agreement we do not salute while on the Higher Parade (called the Lees) it would mean Officers & men walking at the Salute all the time. A Military Band Plays some times but the chief event is to see the Destroyer escorted Packet come in each evening often there is a lot of shipping (perhaps 40) near bye & the distroyer makes them keep away from the packet.

It is a sight to see the number of ships that pass up & down here. I belive they travell during high water & then stop during the lower stages it is said that it is not so dangerous as regards mines. Certainly at times a lot of Boats are moving up & down Chanel. People here with the wish the war was over but are not at all discouraged or weaking in any way & as far as I can hear all are agreed that it must be carried on till we get our own terms whatever they may be, as laid down by our Govt. Certainly after all that been done we must go the last part to the bitter end or all gone before is wasted I do hope that the thing will not be ended too softly because every one is sick of war. Men I have met back for the front are as a rule very subdued & quiet men they say (as a rule) it must be carried on, though most of them are terribly tired of it & long with a quiet & deep longing that it is all done & that they

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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