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Harry Lamin

Harry Lamin

Harry's letters: Drama in the trenches

Thousands of people have been logging on to view Harry Lamin's letters written during the Great War.

A series of letters sent home to Ilkeston by a soldier on the front line in France are featuring in a rather unusual on-line blog.

Harry Lamin, who served in the Army during the first World war, from 1917, wrote regularly to his brother and sister. He was 28 at the time and was likely to have been conscripted. He first went to France and, shortly afterwards, fought at the battle of Messines Ridge in Belgium.

Later he moved to Italy to fight in the Dolomite mountains.

His grandson, Bill Lamin, had the idea of putting the letters on the internet - 90 years on, in the order they were sent and on the dates they were sent - leaving readers waiting for Harry's next  letter and to find out his fate.

The site has been inundated with hits and the national media's been bombarding Bill with calls - and he says he's been staggered by the interest.

He said: "I had the letters and I didn't really know what to do with them - and then I had the idea that I could put them onto the internet exactly 90 years after they were written."

The letters came into Bill's possession when he cleared out his parents' house.

We won't give too many details away here - for that, you'll have to visit the Blog (use the link on the right).

And for a further insight into Harry Lamin, use the audio link to hear his grandson in conversation with BBC Radio Derby's Shane O'Connor.

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