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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 March 29, 1916 letter, from Featherston camp, a military training base during WW1, is transcribed below.

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Featherston

29/3/16

Dear Mag

I received you letter this very day and was please to hear you struck a big div at the races. Well Mag I don’t think I will every get used to this place, for we are paraded every where and today it was wet and very cold and we was made to go and have a shower bath and wasn’t it cold I was in Town last Saturday and I saw Kate but as I did not have your letter then I could not shake her up about writing. I think we will get our leave just in time for easter and I do hope it is fine weather for we can have a good time. Well mag Bill Huddlestone has got his discharge again andhe will be down home in a few days so he can give you all the news about here, all the rest of the boys are allwell. I got a letter from Win the other day and she reckons she is having a good time Don’t forget to shake Wilf up for I wrote to him a long time ago and Mick O’Neil too, he owes me a letter so shake them up. I hope you will think and bake a few nice cakes and send them up for it is a nice change from stew – and bread and butter. Tell Em that I got the tin of cakes she sent up and I enjoyed them very much. We went out for a ten mile route march last Saturday and it was good sport. Passing all the pubs and as dry as Christ and could not go and have a drink. Well Mag I got a shock the other day when I heard that Charlie Monigatti was in camp and Alex is in camp too. Well I can’t think of anymore news for this letter so I will ring off now with best love from Bill.

You know I would write a longer letter only it is all the same thing to tell you over and over again. So write soon and don’t forget the cakes.

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Year:1916
Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.