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.
The story of Harry that we read yesterday on Corriere della sera newspaper is beautiful and moving. We are an italian couple that in last two years followed the tracks of a soldier of 96th infantry regiment that died in an attack near Gorizia (in the est area of North of Italy) in 1916, 15 of August. We followed the track in the same mainf that you follow Harry's movement, using the regiment diary that gave us detailed information about locations, dates, timing and movement of Concetto Suma. The Bank Foundation 'Fondazione Monte di Pietà' and Handcratf Association 'Confartigianato Vicenza' recently have published the history of the war of Concetto Suma. During our researches following infantry man tracks we took a lot of pics and here you can see some of these WW1 places pictures at this address and take further information about Concetto Suma Congratulations for Harry'story!
Francesca ed Enrico
06 January 2008 02:14
I'm using wordpress...you can play with the dates so that they match exactly...see www.france1917.com.
I downloaded the picture of the entry and played with the brightness and contrast so the words show up better. I believe/guess that the first missing word is "reach" as in "reach the enemy's line" and the second blank might be "any" along with either "boat" or "chart" as in "lack of any boat"
Just my best guesses.
13 January 2008 11:10
Thanks to Justin and others. The new scan from the PRO has solved all the problems. BL
Fantastic series of blogs - well done.
I think the war diaries really do add colour and understanding to Harry's letters. Just one thing; have you thought of publishing a glossary of common abreviations used in the diary? I have found it hard to understand some of the entries because of this.
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
Dave P [Canadian Maritimer]: The Battle of Vimy Ridge was THE defining battle for Canada, getting her out from under the shadow of Great Britain [which had gotten Canada into the War anyway]. This Battle, from 9-12 April 1917, is remembered with a memorial [actually Canadian territory] in Northern France not too far from Calais [see http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/vimy/index_e.html]. Five hundred of the first 32,000 troops sent from Canada were Newfoundlanders -- were they Maritimers? I don't know if they were stationed at the same place as Harry Lamin, but the Canadian War Museum's site says that many Canadian troops were stationed in the eastern Mediterranean ... maybe that includes Italy, where Harry seems to "be" now. frogprof