Bill Jenkins 55

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Bill Jenkins 55.


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 March 2, 1918 letter is transcribed below. It is the final letter he sent to his parents.




My Dear Mother & Father,

Just a few lines in answer to your most welcome letter I received a few days back & I was pleased to know you were all well as same leaves me at present.

It is snowing here today and by jove it is the coldest day I have felt this winter.

We are out of the line having a well earned rest at present but I don’t know how long it will last but it would do me for the duration.

I think Ted is set over in England for the winter but it is a much better place than here. I got a nice cake from Kate a while back & it was some good too so I hope she will be good enough to send along a few more. Bert Duncan went up for a board a week ago & he is going back to N.Z. so he is set for some time yet I wish I was lucky enough to get a trip back it would suit me right down to the ground. I received the tin of biscuits from you & they were good too, I never got the cake yet but am living in hopes of getting it soon. Well dear parents I will close now so Au Re Voir

From your son,



Bill Jenkins 55

Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.