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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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house standing up near the road. In the dark it looked sound but I guess daylight would have shown many holes caused by fragments of shells. These fragments are some times terrible things, often weighing serveral pounds & with long Jagged teeth on them. It looks as if this effect is gained by folding & welding the steel when it is cold. Certainly they are terrible looking things & how they do sing & hum as they whiss past you. On the Somme we had some great night dodging death & fritz shells of all sorts. I have had no very close shaves though one night a whiss-Bang (a small high speed shell) took the top of the parapet over my head & coverd me with dirt & rocks we were coming out & had stopped & crouched down as there was a spasam of shell fire. If I had been standing up it would have got me certainly

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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