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Bill Jenkins 54.


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 February 11, 1918 letter is transcribed below.




Dear Mother & Father,

I received your most welcome letter a few days ago I was pleased to know you were all well as same leaves myself at present. I had a letter from Ted a few days ago & he has f been having a crook spin since he landed over here, he is in hospital in England now & he went under an operation a while back for an appendicitous (sic) so I don’t know how he is getting on new but I speck he be alright.

I was round to see Will Carlin a few days ago & he is doing fine & looking real well on it. Just fancy young May taking to the Bobbies & we are all after their blood out here for we have got a lot of rotters. Kath Mc. must be having a good time away again for two months I had a nice letter from her a few days ago. I suppose May & Wilf will be married before long now I can’t make that coon out at all, not coming away, he hasn’t left a very good impression on the people about the hill by the letters I get from there. Is old Newman from Fairdown dead I heard he was.

Well Dear Parents I will close now with best love from your loving Son Bill


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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.