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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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starving over here now on account of the "U" boats. A man would naturally get that imperession reading the papers, and I know lots of the boys have been writing home and telling about the poor grub, but dont believe a word of it. It has always been an Englishmans Privelege to kick and the Canadians have inherited that sacred right. The fact is we are living about the same here now as we used to in a Cariboo mining camp when I first came up there. The only thing that comes a litle unnatural is that we dont as a general rule get any meat for supper but all we can eat for dinner and can hold out some for our supper if we like and it is first class, Good beef and Australian Mutton. For supper we get bread, butter, fruit and tea of course the butter is margarin, and some of the young fellows are starting to look on the margarin with suspicion after reading about the thirty Huns utilizing the dead bodys fat and bones. A good idea to Fred. There has been an unholy waste for thousands of years except for a few years during the war. What will not the Germans do for Money as the old woman said when she first seen a Monkey. They sank a submarine outside of Seaford about a week ago. Every now and then they blow up mines on the channel in plain view of the camp and yesterday two shells dropped in the camp without doing any damage but it all helps to relieve the monotony of army life. Last Saturday I went up to London on a weekend pass, found everything as usual. Did not see either the Lord Mayor or King this

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

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