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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 3, 1917 letter is transcribed below.



Dear Mag,

Just a few lines to let you know I am still alive and well hope you are the same. Well Mag I hope you enjoyed yourself at the Trentham races and made your pile. It is very cold here now it has been snowing for a few days now but it don’t last long now as it gets warm about midday.

Fancy Saidy having another son what is she going to call it. Oh well as news is dam scarce I will ring off now with best love from your loving Brother Bill


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Sources:Acknowledgement B. Emmers and R. Edgeworth.