Bill Jenkins 47

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Bill Jenkins 47.


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 August 18, 1917 letter is transcribed below.



Dear Mother & Father,

Just a few lines in answer to your most welcome letters I received to-day (my Birthday) I was pleased to know you are all well the same as it leaves me at present.

We have been having a pretty decent time of it here lately only it has been raining a good bit. I don’t think Ted has got up here lately I haven’t seen him anyway. We have had a good slather up here lately but I haven’t got hit yet or I don’t want one. Charlie Leach got wounded a week ago & he is in England now, doing alright so he will be out of the war for a month or two.

I had a big long letter from Kath today eight pages not bad was it full of news too. So you have got Mag home again how does she like a quiet life of it after the big row up yonder. I suppose Wilf will get a job in the mines, not a bad place to be. I was pleased to hear Arther Roberts was called up, Mrs Cap wouldn’t like it a bit. Just fancy poor old granny dying I thought she would live for ever but she was a big age so it was not so bad.

I get the papers you send me & they come in handy for reading & other purposes. Well Dear Parents I think I will ring off this time with best love,

From your loving son Bill

X x x x x x x x

Bill Jenkins 47

Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.