Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Private Harry Lamin's World War I Letters

The grandson of a World War I English soldier is posting his grandfather's letters written during the war. From WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier:
During his time in the army, he wrote letters home to his brother and sister. They were kept and handed down to me, his grandson.

I have transcribed the letters and added commentary so that references can make sense.

What has been produced is a moving and poignant account of an ordinary man's experiences in an extraordinary situation.

I have edited nothing. The spellings and grammar are exactly as Harry wrote them.

The intention of this blog is to publish the letters exactly 90 years after Harry wrote them. His first letter from the training camp was written on February 7th 1917. It will be published on the blog on February 7th 2007.

Each letter will appear on the correct date from then on. There are gaps where no letters are available for several weeks. I have no explanations. Maybe they were lost. I have no idea.

If you wish to find out Harry's fate then you'll have to access the blog as the new letters arrive.

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