The Ballarat Courier on 20th February 1915 contained an interesting letter sent home to Ballarat from Egypt. The letter was from Private Herbert Trengrove to his father Richard Trengrove of Church St Brown Hill. In the letter Herbert describes what he and his fellow soldiers had been getting up to as part of their training in Egypt. The letter is interesting as it provides a snapshot of the daily routine of soldiers in camp preparing for war. He also describes the sights they have encountered while in camp at Mena. For the average Australian soldier the sights and sounds in Egypt would have been a real culture shock. To his family on the other side of the world it would have been welcome news of what their son was doing. Herbert and his fellow soldiers would spend another month in camp before embarking for the Dardanelles.
Letter from Herbert Trengrove Ballarat Courier 20th February 1915