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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 July 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 back I was pleased to know you are quite well as same leaves me at present.

I am down at the seaside now spending a fortnight’s holiday & Charlie Leach is here with me so we are having a very good time but we will do it hard having to go back up the line again, but I we have had a very good spell now. It is raining like old Nick today & we can’t go for a swim in the surf so I am devoting my time to letter writing while it is wet for we haven’t got time when it is fine. I suppose Mag will be home by this time she will find it quiet there after the city.

I suppose they have just about got all the boys called up from down that way now it is just about time some of them come away.

I haven’t got the tin of biscuits yet but I hope they are there when I go back to my company. How is Saidy & George & there dear little kiddies I suppose young Georgie is a hard case now I will break him in when I get back out of the outfit.

If you ever send a parcel with any cake in it you want to solder it & make it airtight for if you don’t it will go all mouldie (sic) before it gets this far. Those silver leaves that you get in cape town are very pretty there was quite a lot there when I was there.

Well I think I will ring off now as news is scarce so Ta Ta Best Love,

X X X X X from you loving son

X X X X X Bill

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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.