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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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Seaford Mar 5th 1917

Mr Fred Tregillus Barkerville B.C.

I recieved your kind letter with Barkerville History sheets for which I am truly thankfull. To bad somebody did not keep a diary like that in the early days of Cariboo, it would have made interesting reading. Sorry to hear about the death of Sandy Locke & Billy Kelly. Sandy has had a busy day and entitled to a rest. Kelly will also be missed by many. Well we have all got to go some time and a mans time cant be estimated at threescore and a few just now. I am still in England. The 172d Battalion is badly broken up now, there is just about one platoon left. The rest have come & gone over to France and some transfered to the Foresters, Engineers, Pioneers and the labour battalion. The last one is the one I am trying for as it is out of the question at present to go over on a regular draft on account of my age. Could have got onto bomb proof Jobs on the Pioneers or Forresters but that is not what I left Cariboo for, were offered a job in the pioneers here at Seaford and could have done fairly well there I am satisfied but didnt accept it. They are verry particular about the men they send over to the trenches. They don't want men over 40 as they are afraid they cant stand the hardships and cold. I supose you have got an Idea we are

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

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