Archive for January 7th, 2008

WWI soldier writes home in real time

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Ninety years ago, laceworker Harry Lamin wrote letters home to his brother and sisters from the trenches of World War I. His grandson Bill found them in a drawer and decided to publish them in a blog exactly 90 years after they were written so we read them one at a time just as his family would have read them almost a century ago.

Since Harry had a son before he left, we don’t know if the next letter we read will be one from him or the dreaded telegram from the war department. It’s suspenseful and touching and just so real.

Be sure to read the archives backwards to catch up. Bill opens with a useful introduction to the people referenced in the correspondence, and then dives right in with the first letter.

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