On WWI: Experiences of an English Soldier, blogger Bill Lamin is posting letters his grandfather William Henry “Harry” Bonser Lamin wrote from the trenches in France, Italy and elsewhere in Europe during World War I. Each letter appears 90 years to the day after it’s dated.
Readers dont know whether a letter is Harrys last, just as Harrys familysisters Kate and Annie; brother, Jack; wife, Ethel; son Willie; and niece, Connie (whom Harry and Ethel cared for)didnt know.
The letters, which Lamin found in his parents home, are filled with battle descriptions, complaints about tight quarters and spare rations, thanks for parcels from home, and requests for more missives from family. Harry dated this letter July 14, 1917:
Im in good health but we have had a rough time this last week or two going on working parties at night digging trenches and one thing and another. One night we were between our lines and the Germans but we all came out alright. Its a bit rough but it might be worse.
Lamin supplements the letters with photos, updates from genealogical research on the family, and details from the battalions official war diary, which you also can read in a separate blog. (Learn more about British battalion and unit war diaries here.)