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.
Siegfried Sassoon, a world war one poet, with a very dark, cynical and sad viewpoint on war, received a medal for bravery, killing four German men in a machine gun nest single handedly. If I remember correctly, he said: 'It was not bravery, I had no choice. Either I lived, and they died, or they lived and I died'. The sanctity of human life should be held up at all times, but perhaps only those like Harry can really understand what goes on when at war. In my own opinion, it was still a useless waste of human life. Think how our world might be if it had not happened. But it happened, and may happen again.
What a superb blog, a friend pointed me at it.
I will certainly be looking for updates here.
Lynne of Plymouth said...
I have read this blog with great interest. My grandfather was also at Paschendale, he survived.
I will definitely come back as I need to know what happens.
How different our world is from those soldiers that faught in the 1914-18 world war; or is it?
We have more troops away in far off countries than ever before and, although communications are far better and life prospect infinity, one wonders what today's equivalent of Harry will seem like in another three generations?
Thank God that we survive because of others sacrifices! Those of us who have never experienced war cannot and will never be able to appreciate the horrors of it!
Thank you for posting this blogg.
Will we as a race ever learn that war solves nothing, it only creates thousands of lost lives and many more scared for ever.
Yet, in a way we have the 21st century's Harrys serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; families still facing the dreaded call signifying the loss of a loved on fighting for his Queen & country. One wonders how future generations will view war with the benefit of videos etc?
Friends have told me that if you have never experienced war it is impossible to understand it; I thank God that I have no "understanding" of their suffering.
Would somebody please explain the meaning of *coy* as referred to frequently in the letters
Coy is an abbreviation and refers to "company."
Thanks for this. Always been interested in WW1 and the conditions and experiences the troops endured. This is a fantastic blog and I shall be returning to see what develops.
Jack is fighting for us all if it was not for him and the boys in world war two things mat have been different i call these wars the meaningful wars. The one that is being waged now is a meaningless war my son is fighting for what we don't know?
A great blogg, very different, just like a story. Best regards from Iceland Jóhann