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18th October 1914: World War 1 letter - Mother I have enlisted for war

Updated on January 20, 2012
Letter from my great grandfather, Reginald Trevor, to his mother telling her of his enlistment and reasons for joining up.
Letter from my great grandfather, Reginald Trevor, to his mother telling her of his enlistment and reasons for joining up.

Reginald Trevor

Reginald Trevor
Reginald Trevor

Letter from my great grandfather to his mother telling her of his enlistment and reasons for joining up to fight in World War One

This is the first of many of my great grandfather's letters that we recently discovered in a relative's attic. My great grandfather, 24-year-old Australian man, Reginald Trevor, fought in World War One in the 5th Battalion and served in battles in Gallipoli and the Somme amongst others. He returned to Australia with his wife and first child in 1920.

Transcribed letter below:

Thorpdale, Victoria, Australia

18th October 1914

Dear Mother,

I joined the Legion of Frontiersmen, and after a lot of delay, they have passed me on to the Light Horse. So I went into Trafalgar yesterday and got examined and sworn in, so I am now a soldier of the King.

I have to report at headquarters on Monday 26th of this month so I will go down next week as soon as I can sell my horse and get things fixed up.

It is the custom to give the men leave and a free pass to see their relations before sailing, so I will come home and see you before I go away.

I think that every man available in our Empire is needed this time, to keep up our flag, so I hope Mother, that you do not think I am doing wrong in volunteering for active service.

It is very kind of you and Mrs Norton to knit socks for me, I think I will want them in Germany, long legs to go up to the knee as it is cold work riding.

Don’t answer this note until you hear from me again when I will give you a proper address to write to. I did not write sooner because I had nothing definite to go on.

I will send you my clothes and further word from Melbourne. I remain your affectionate son in haste,


For background information about Reginald Trevor, please click here.


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    • Rufus rambles profile imageAUTHOR

      Rufus rambles 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks very much old albion!

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello Rufus. What an excellent hub. So well written and presented, with so many other hubs to choose from. First class.

      Voted up and following.


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      Rufus rambles 

      7 years ago from Australia

      @Peggy W:

      Thanks for your comment. As you suggest I have added a new hub with Background Information about my great grandfather. Thank you for your interest.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am so glad that you commented on the 1920 hand written letter dating back to WW1 addressed to my grandfather from a war buddy of his in one of my hubs so that I could find your letters written by your great grandfather that you are now sharing. Do you have other photos of him and know anything about him other than these letters? If so, you could add that information as a background.

      Example...the letter states that he sold his horse. Why? What did he do for a living prior to enlisting? Did he work on a family farm? Was he going to school? What age was he when he enlisted? Perhaps you do not know, but if you will be even more interesting!

      Thanks for sharing this personal bit of history with us. He had beautiful penmanship!


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