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.
Thankyou for re-creating the drama of this time. The understated way in which Harry writes is very moving. My husband has family from the area where Harry was born and I can just hear the accent in his words! Synchronising the dates is a great idea. Last Wednesday when we had that bitter north wind and driving rain I thought about Harry and his friends in France.
I've just come across your blog, haven't got the time to read it properly yet, but I certainly will. I'm a 50 year old Belgian woman and when I come in the area where these fights took place I still think of all the broken lives. When I think of the thousands and thousands of young lives destroyed and families shattered I still get tears in my eyes. These young soldiers were sent to a foreign country to fight in horrendous and desperate conditions, it is so ... I just don't have the words to express the feelings.
When Harry says that dad is about the same, is he referring to his own father or to himself (Willie's dad)? And is he referring to his father or to Willie with the "fellow" comment? Trying to be sure I understand Harry...