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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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batman, a statement I don't appreciate. Batman is an hounourable Profession enough in fact a lille beyond my abilitiys. The fact is I were taken on the Expeditionerry Force as a trained Soldier with one of the best Rifle cors in the batttallion, and when I came here I had some verry hard training, but am at the present time quarantined on account of mumps with the staff in the orderly Room (The Battallion OR), where I am night orderly and am classified in the category B1, fit for France but not for the trenches, as they think I cant stand the wet and other hardships of the Trenches. Of course when a man gets to be 46 (I were 45 when I enlisted) The Circulation is not as good as it is with a younger man but I am used to water and cold water at that (externally, We had a verry nice trip across the ocean. I didnot see any 'U' Boat, but am told they were in sight one day). We had to wear life belts all day, at meals and on Deck, even at the concert, and used them for a pillow at night. The grub on the boat was not extra good, but not to bad. The grub here is better than could be expected in wartime and with the"U" boat blockade, plenty to wastfulnes. I am afraid we throw more stuff away, to the man, than the German Soldiers gets all together. After we got over to England we had 6 days leave and I went to London where I had a royal good time. Got there in time for the Lord-mayors show, which was not not as grand as the pictures and accounts I have seen led me to believe but worth looking at. It was just 33 years since I

BC Archives, MS-0426 Box 1 File 9 / TREGILLUS, Frederick James, 1862 - 1962. Barkerville, miner. / Correspondence from John Pettersen, 1917.

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