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Bill Jenkins was too young to go to war without parental permission, which his father Robert gave, much against Bill's mother Annie’s wishes. Bill was killed in action on April 5, 1918, seven months before the war ended.

Bill chronicled his experience of the war in letters he sent to his family.

Bill's April 12, 1917 letter is transcribed below.




Dear Mag,

Just a few lines in answer to your most welcome letter I got a few days ago I was pleased to hear you were quite well as same leaves me at present. It has been snowing here for two or three days now and has been very cold. How do you like swimming at Lyall Bay Mag some good I’ll bet, I know what it is like. We have been out of the trenches for a few days now, and having a very good time plenty of work to so but that is a mere trifle.

Has Emma gone back home yet or is she still at Beck’s. Well Mag it is nearly time you went down the coast again you are having along stay up there longer than I thought you would stay but I suppose you are having a good time.

I had another letter from Kath McLellan the other day telling me all about her trip up the North Island she is very lucky, May never stayed away very long I suppose the magnet was too strong and she had to go back. How is Kate and Mary getting on remember me to them please. I must ring off now with best

Love from your Loving Brother,

X X X X X X X X X X Bill

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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.