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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, postcards and photos he sent to his family.

The postcard transcribed below was sent from Trentham Military Camp.


Trentham Camp 26/2/16

Dear father and mother, just a card to answer to your letter which was bought to hand yesterday and was glad to hear you were all well as it leaves me at present. I am having a lovely time of it here no work to do and all day to do it in. We get up at a quarter to six and parade at ten minutes past and have half a hours physical drill and we have two hours off for breakfast and to clean our boots and shave for we have to do that very morning or there is hell to play for you would get locked in the cooler a time or two and that would be no good. We have been getting leave from last week and I have been to wellington twice and saw Kate she has left the commercial and I don’t know her address I will ring off now Love Bill

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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.