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Bill Jenkins 39.


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 25, 1917 letter is transcribed below.



Dear Mother & Father,

Just a few lines in answer to your most welcome letters I received a few days ago was so pleased to hear from you again and to know you are quite well as same leaves me at present.

We have been having some very good weather lately, and are also having a very good time but I don’t think it will last much longer. I supposed Ted will be in England by this time so I am expecting a letter from him any day now. I will try & get him in this company with me that is if he wants to get in.

I had a letter from Mickie Mac a few days back and he quite well and still in England, he wishes to be remembered to you all.

It would be a jolly shame if Wilfred got called up in the ballot how would May get on I suppose she wuld miss him very much J

ust fancy old Dick Hud, going away and leaving Beat home on her own, it is easy seen that I am not at home now.

Old Tod has to go at last it must be very hard on him but it is his place here for there was not one of them volunteered.

Emma is having a long stay up in Wellington but I suppose she will soon get tired of it and go back. How did the races get on in March did you make your fortune at them.

Well, my Dear Parents I will ring off now with best Love from Bill

Berty and Chalie wish to be remembered to you & Dad,
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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.