Emotional story behind grandfather's WW1 diary revealed to Nicky Campbell

To mark one hundred years of the start of the war, Nicky has been asking what did your family do during World War One?

Nicky reveals his own WW1 story, involving his grandfather, Herbert Locke, who as a young man in the army witnessed an incident which lived with him for the rest of his life. He gave some cigarettes to a young man who was being guarded in a wooden hut as he went back to his own tent. He spoke to his Sergeant Major who told him that the man he had spoken to was to be shot for desertion. The following morning Herbert Locke was woken up by a noise outside his tent.

On 5 live Breakfast Nicky learns more about the young soldier who was shot, thought to be a Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers called Herbert Henry Chase. He reads Herbert's final letter to his parents, written on the eve of his death.

This clip is from 5 live Breakfast May 2 2014.

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