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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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time but got along all right and had a good time, Harry Brierly is here, he is getting all right again but will always limp a litle. George Turner is at Hastings, 16 miles from here and I will go over and see him as travel is verry cheap for Soldiers. We have not got the easy time here in England as we had in Canada. The drill here is different and verry hard and long Hours, besides you allways carry full pack here except during physical drill and bayonet fighting. They are doing now what they should have done from the start. All vacant ground is broke up and planted in potatoes. We have got enough potatoes planted round this camp to feed a good many battalions and I expect it is the same as other camps. The Civilians are all putting in their spare time gardening, and every backyard has got a pig and a chicken roost, so they claim and I think they are right that there is more meat in England then there ever was. There is a great aggitation in Norway about them joining the allies, but I cant see how it can be done without forcing Sweden and Danemark to take sides with Germany to save themselves as those two Countrys wood have to be invaded by Germany to get at Norway. The taking of Danemark would only be a matter of a few hours as the whole German fleet is just in the right place for that purpose. It would be a good exercise for the Germans to take Danemark and the southern part of Sweden to get perfect control of the Baltic.

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

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