Born in August 1887 in Awsworth Notts, to Henry and Sarah Lamin. Elder Sisters Catherine (Kate), Mary Esther and Sarah Anne(Annie) and Elder brother John (Jack).
Educated at Awsworth Board School, just outside Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England.
I served with honour in the 9th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment seeing front line action in Flanders and Northern Italy from the end of 1916 to January 1920.
Just to put this all in a context, the action at Passchendale was the last stage of a larger offensive aimed at capturing U-boat bases on the Belgian coast. The summer offensive near Ypres was kicked off brilliantly at Messines Ridge in June, but was drowned in unseasonable rains. It was perhaps the most senseless of all the British offensives during the Great War.
I wish I had been aware of your blog b4 my November 1 post, in which I advocate for the US to return to calling November 11 "Armistice Day," as a way to honor those who fought in WWI. I would have linked to your blog.
Have happened across your blog through the blogs of note section. A most interesting account, and very moving. Amazing how you can see a very brave man in the letters. A bit of a do (39 killed, more wounded!) etc. My great-grandfather was a sniper in WW1, and the only thing we have as a reminder of that time are the Bruce Bairnsfather cartoon magazines, which in all probability he carried with him during the war, judging by the state of them. He lived to be 95, and died just after I was born, but apparently never ever spoke of his experiences. As Siegfried Sassoon said, there is no bravery on a battlefield, just necessity, and stark choices. Probably hard to explain to anyone without firsthand knowledge. I shall keep following your blog with interest. Thank you.
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Thank you for bringing WW1 back to life, 90 years on. I've posted a blog with Faces from the War Memorial from the Isle of Lewis, which lost 1,150 of the about 6,000 that went to war between 1914 and 1919. 200 of those drowned within sight of Stornoway harbour on 1 January 1919, as they were coming home on HMY Iolaire. You still can't talk about that here in Lewis.
Right now in History, we're studying the Somme Offensive and Passendaele and puts it into a much more interesting and personal perspective than any textbook ever could. Thank you so much for blogging his accounts.
It's true, Haig never visited the front line but since he was supported by the King, he was kept in charge. Even though the prime minister at the time disagreed with his methods.
What an excellent blog and thank you for sharing this with others. I have always wanted to learn more of WW1. My grandfather and his brothers served but he never spoke of it. My father is a WWII veteran. He and others should write blogs such as these. It is very important that these first hand accounts of war is told and preserved. Hats off to you and congratulations for a blogging job well done!
this is all very interesting.. i'll be following this, for sure!
Thank you for doing this blog; it really gives life to an era probably no one reading this lived through.
I wish I had as much from my own great-grandfather, who may very well have faced Harry across some no-man's-land between the opposing trenches: my great-grandfather was a sergeant with the 8th Infantry Detachment, Lorch Germany. He left his wife and three small children (one of whom would eventually become my grandfather) to serve in the Kaiser's army; I have his medals, but none of the family now living knows anything about his years in the service. If my grandfather knew anything about his father's war experiences, he refused to say. (There are apparently no existing WWI army personnel records to be gotten from Germany: they were, it seems, bombed out of existance during WWII.)
You are fortunate indeed to have Harry's letters, and we are fortunate you are sharing them with us.
I'm fascinated with WWI trench warfare. War strategy has a lot of good comparisons to living through life. Battle of attrition seems to me like a war strategy as well as a popularity strategy for us today, we want everybody to like us even if it means paying little attention to all rather than a lot of attention to some. But, in the end, don't we want exposure? Candidates do, they want their name out there to everybody, not just to some. I dunno, just a thought.
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Like some others have noted, the idea for this blog is wonderful. I'm in the middle of a book now called A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry. His is one of the best fictional accounts of WWI I have read so far, filled with details and images that breath again from long ago and haunt me when I lay the book down.
My grandfather fought in WWI. I never had the chance to ask him about his wartime experiences. Your blog helpd me to understand what it was like for my grandfather and all those brave men who fought to keep us free. Heros all! Thanks!
Congratulations on earning the Blogs of Note distinction. That's how yours caught my eye, and I've spent the last little while reading from beginning to end. In the next week we celebrate Veteran's Day here in the US, most people don't remember the original significance of November 11, 1918 which I find very sad. On a more personal note, your blog has inspired me to find out more about my great uncle's WWI service. Keep up the wonderful blog. I'm looking forward to finding out how Harry's war experience ends.
Yes! I like your blog. It reminds me of the book "The Patriot's Progress" (by Henry Williamson) which is very much worth reading, even though the author fell to the british fascist movement later. regards from germany, -herbi-
We remembered the battle of Passchendaele and all our NZ countrymen who died last month during the anniversary. Our Prime Minister attended services at Passchendaele. I think it's really important for us to remember all those who were lost.
I have been an Anglophile ever since watching Up Stairs Down Stairs. on public TV. I am an amateur military historian and read all I can about the Victorian and WWI period including the Boer war. It is criminal that the lessons learned by Jr. officers in the Boer war did not translate when those same officers were Sr. commanders in WWI As I Vietnam Vet I have a trunk of photos, home movies and letters as well as an audio tape or two. I think it would be fantastic to release my letters and pictures as you are doing. Its been 35 years since I looked at my letters and I can't bring my self to look at them. Perhaps in 55 more years a grand son or daughter will find the time and inclination to blog them. Best wishes. I can't wait to read more.
I am in my Senior year at college (studying English, French, and Education) and I am in the process of creating a unit for a secondary English class. The book at the heart of the unit is Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. I was THRILLED to discover this blog. I think it is an innovative idea to publish your grandfather's letters in this form and it is very generous of you to share your family's experiences with all of us. I look forward to reading more about Harry!
My great uncle Alex Latta died on passchendale ridge. He was a Cree indian and an olympic long distance runner. The first of his race to become an Edmonton city policeman and by all accounts a very fine man. I have always wondered what he went through during his last days. keep the blog going please.EBL
That might be putting it a little strongly, ardent. The Poms weren't short of front-line casualties.
My grandmother has one memory of my Australian army captain great-grandfather, of him lifting her, aged three, to look into the top of a cupboard. He was home in Australia only a fortnight before he died of the gassing he'd received in France.
my great uncle died with the canadians,now i realise what that poor man went through and thousands of others.(ypes)the writing is very moving and i was quite tearful.
my great uncle was killed with the canadians,his name is on the memorial at ypres,it makes me quite tearful to realise what he and thousands like him must have suffered,his brother,my grandad was on the somme,and was in the cavalry,he had his horse shot out from under him and he was wounded, we need more people like you to come forward with these accounts of war and the terrible price these people had to pay,