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.
Congratulations for the great job. I live in Montebelluna and my grandmother (born in 1896)used to tell me about the British soldiers posted here during the great war. They used to exchange their abundant chocolate and marmalade (very rare in wartime Italy) for fresh milk and "polenta". The British troops also played the very first football match in this town as witnessed by my grandmother and described by Lamin. A few years ago the local parish published the diary of the Montebelluna priest during the world war 1 years who gives a vivid account of the arrival of the British troops here. I recommend the following book to learn more about the British troops in Italy: "The British Army in Italy 1917-1918" by John Wilks & Eileen Wilks - Pen & Sword Books Ltd. -Barnley. I really look forward to reading more of Lamin's diary. Luigi Pellizzari Montebelluna - Italy
Very nice silk card. Obviously I recognize the Union Jack on the right, but what's the flag on the left, I wonder, the British Red Cross, maybe?
It's the Cross of St George. The flag of England rather than the whole U.K. BL
Just the handwriting is wonderful. That's typical of my grandmother's handwriting.
What an awesome idea for a blog. I mentioned your blog in my blog (http://www.thegfiles.net)because I hope more people honor their ancestors in such a wonderful way like you are doing. Keep up the great work!!!
It's sad that we can't read any letters Harry wrote to Ethel. It would have been so interesting to glimpse inside their marriage and see how he related the news differently to his spouse than siblings.
I can remember seeing a post card similar to the one Harry sent to his wife. My mother had the post card which was sent by her father when he was over seas during WWI. Reading Harry's story makes me wonder about my grandfather and the hardships he endured during his time. I did not have a chance to meet him, he passed away before I was born, but he did survive the war.