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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 March 4, 1917 letter is transcriped below.


My Dear Parents,

I received your most welcome letter today and was pleased to hear you were all well as same leaves me at present. The cold weather is just bout finished now so I speck there will be something doing here shortly but the sooner the better for it will bring things to a finish soon. We are writing in a canteen now and talk about a row so if I put in a few extra words you will know whats wrong. Well as soon as I finish this I am going to have a pint of beer for I am as dry as the very devil.

You said in your letter that I wouldn’t have a very happy xmas but I didn’t I had a very good time but not as good as the last one but I hope to have a still better one next time. I am glad to hear that you won a few quid at the races. What kind of a time did you give Ted while he was on final leave I suppose he will be on his way by now so I will see him soon spect. You have got quite a small family now but I hope you soon have a bigger on well I will ring off now with best love from Bill XXX



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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.