1/31/08

Thinking Back Thursday--World War I Blog

William Henry Bonser Lamin
Born in August 1887 in Awsworth Notts, to Henry and Sarah Lamin. Elder Sisters Catherine (Kate) and Agnes (Annie) and Elder brother John (Jack).
Educated at Awsworth Board School, just outside Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England.

A few weeks ago I came across a unique history blog that shares the letters of a soldier from World War I.


The blog is called World War I: Experiences of an English Soldier, and it is described like this:


This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin's letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written. To find out Harry's fate, follow the blog!
The blog began in July of 2007, with an introduction by the author setting up the premise of the blog:
During his time in the army, he wrote letters home to his brother and sister. They were kept and handed down to me, his grandson.I have transcribed the letters and added commentary so that references can make sense.What has been produced is a moving and poignant account of an ordinary man's experiences in an extraordinary situation.I have edited nothing. The spellings and grammar are exactly as Harry wrote them.The intention of this blog is to publish the letters exactly 90 years after Harry wrote them. His first letter from the training camp was written on February 7th 1917. It will be published on the blog on February 7th 2007.Each letter will appear on the correct date from then on. There are gaps where no letters are available for several weeks. I have no explanations. Maybe they were lost. I have no idea.If you wish to find out Harry's fate then you'll have to access the blog as the new letters arrive. Please feel free to let me know if you are interested in following the blog. There is within, a fascinating insight into the fate of the ordinary soldier in those horrific times.

His grandson Bill Lamin found a collection of letters, and decided to post them on a blog 90 years after they were written. Blog readers are like the family members waiting to hear what has been going on in Henry's life as a WWI soldier.

According to one of the news reports you can watch on the blog, over 20,000 people read the blog each day to find out what is going to happen next.

If you enjoy history, and want a glimpse into the past of what it was like to be a World War I soldier, I suggest visiting this blog and experience a bit of history many of us have only read about.

3 comments:

Go Figure said...

Thannks for the post. There is so much that we need to know about the past to survive the future.

Silver Valley Girl said...

I agree. This story tells us a lot, and we are so fortunate to be able to read these letters from this time in history.

MarmiteToasty said...

WOW what a great blob you have discovered.... I LOVE it already.... I need to scroll back to the beginning and start reading it in the proper order :) - fanks for that... super doper find..

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