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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 May 20, 1917 letter is transcribed below.




My Dear Parents,

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 are still having very good weather over here and it is quite a treat to be knocking about. So you have had Kate down home for six weeks it would be a big help to you, but I suppose Mag will be home by now.

Bert and Charlie are still with me and are quite well, Bert got word the other day that his mother was very bad and not expected to live so I don’t know how she is getting on. I am still waiting for a letter from Ted I don’t know what is wrong with him for he must be a his destination long before this.

Where is Dad working still at the waterworks or has he got the gold craze and again and gone out fossicking. How much money did you make at the races, not much I guess. You don’t want to be foolish and try and sell the farm for it will be very valuable in a few years, so if you are stuck for a few quid at any time you can make a splash with mine. You don’t want to start worrying your head about me for I am just as safe over here as I would be at hom. Mrs Cap is very silly saying such a thing about Roy, she must think if a man comes over here he is going to ge shot but I don’t think so. Well Dear Mother & Father as news is terrible scarce I will conclude now with the
very best of love from your loving Son Bill
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P.S. How are Saidie’s Kiddies herself & George getting on I hope they are quite well,

Ta Ta Love Bill

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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.