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World War Two: Lost diary reveals soldier's story

The innermost thoughts of a Suffolk soldier serving in the Grenadier Guards during World War Two have been discovered in the pages of a diary found in an old suitcase by his son.

Ron Skinner joined the army in 1934 and was dispatched to north Africa in the push towards Italy.

During the campaign he kept a diary filled with stories about life on the frontline mixed with poems inspired by thoughts of loved ones at home.

Steve Skinner, 71, from Sudbury, found his father's diary in an unopened box in the attic.

BBC Look East's Kevin Burch reports.

  • 10 Nov 2013
  • From the section Suffolk