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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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have many hard kicks in him yet in the opinion of returned men. But he will not stick our charges if he can help it & is not so good a fighter by a long way in him self as a Allied soldier. But most returned men think he has had the best of it till recently in his prepared guns & well mapped out country. But the returned men seem to be certain that they can take a trench from the Huns that the Huns could not take from them.

I would take it as far as I have able to gather ideas that our boys, Canadian or Imperial neither Fear or Respect Fritz as a fighter. They see he is ingenious & devilish in his plans but though vicious & a bitter enemey he can only hold his own if he is in the advantage of numbers, position & superior guns. But as they say he knows he will get hell if he cant win so he is like we would be fighting on in the hope that he may yet win.

I may not get much chance to write much in France & though we may hope for the best of luck we know that many will not get back. I may be one of those & if I don't get back let me say again how much I have enjoyed & appreciated the friendship of yourself & Mrs Tregillus & thank you in anticapation of the trouble you will take to wind up my small afairs if need arises. Please give my regards to friends. It is too much to write all their names but Pat.C. Frank Raddie, F. Harper & T. Nicol are much in my thoughts also I send my respects to Mr & Mrs Grain. She like the women over here is strong on Empire & I do certainly respect the women of this Empire. Bill Brown & Joel Stevens are also the participants in my regards. Tell Joe Spratt if you are able that I dont expect to be Back in August but will most likely be around some time later & hope to get in a late fall month so he must (as agreed) be prepared to quit his job whatever it is & let me take it.

With regards & best wishes to you & Mrs T. also dont let the youngsters forget me. I am Yours Very Truly Ernest Seeley

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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