Harry goes on Leave. Postage Stamps!


Leah J. F. said...
Those stamps are amazing! Congratulations on having started something so wonderful! I wish there was a Canadian version of those stamps.
I've been advertising Harry's blog on mine, which was started for assignments in one of my University courses.
September 23, 2008

Anonymous said...I'm doing a project for school on this guy and I need 5 facts about his family and their history. HELP!
September 20, 2008
What a great choice for a project! It shouldn't be too difficult to find 5 facts. (There's a whole book being produced) Look back at the first posts for family background (link on every post at the top) and say where he fought. BL

Anonymous said...Leave in war time is a terrible hard thing for some people. Your mind is constantly thinking about your friends and colleagues, and what's happened in the past.
You try to relax and eventually as you start to clear your mind, the thought of returning comes upon you, If you have had a bad war and a good leave there is a terrible struggle to go back
September 19, 2008

Gy Wilson said..
Could the IDBAPO stand for;
Italian Detachment British Army Post Office?
Anything to do with Italy is a bit unlikely as it's 6 months before the Italy trip came up BL

September 19, 2008

Anonymous said...I've found two website of possible interest; they're about Gallipoli, but they might help shed a tiny bit more light on the era:
http://user.glo.be/~snelders/contents.html
www.worldwar1.com/pharc007.htm
September 20, 2008

Anonymous said... Hi Swill. Well I have read everything and just cannot believe it. Who would have thought that a few old letters would have opened such a big door. Well done, when I meet you I must remember to curtsey....lol. sonia.September 16, 2008

Rosemary said...I too breathe a sigh of relief when I see a letter posted on here - we're getting so close to the end and I want Harry back safe and sound. Your father was an adorable little baby.
Thank you for this blog, it is a such an interesting viewpoint of history from a participant.
September 12, 2008

Tea N. Crumpet said...How do we buy these stamps if we live in Alaska and just want them for our collections?
September 12, 2008

Anonymous said... I thought The First Casualty was full of really old hackneyed cliches, you would be much better off reading Sassoon's The Complete Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man or William, an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton, both books which were written by people who were really there. Another really good read was Bringing Uncle Albert Home by David P. Whithorn which is about the journey the author made in discovering about his Uncle who died in the First World War
September 15, 2008
You're probably right about F.C. I was slightly bemused by Ben Elton writing something that didn't have humourous undertones. I have read the Sassoon but not the Hamilton. Will do. BL

Nicolai said...I was just wondering if you have read this book:http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Steel-Stormtroop-Officer-Western/dp/0865274231
A perpective from "the other side".
September 11, 2008

Anonymous said...I found "Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse, gave a phenomenal insight into what it was like to be French soldier in the first World War. Remarkably, it was published in 1916 when you might have thought it would be censored as it is so anti war. I wonder if such a book could have been published at that time in England. I'm afraid I don't read french, but if you do, it is called "Le Feu".
Thank you for posting this blog. It is fascinating and a great memorial to your grandfather.
Louise Lewis (also just retired and enjoying all the benefits of the freedom pass, as I'm sure you will when you return to England.)
September 11, 2008
Sadly, nothing like the "Freedom Pass", living in Cornwall. BL

Blogger erathwomen said...Vera Brittain's _Testament of Youth_ is an excellent description of what women went through.
September 11, 2008

Kittybriton said... It's good to hear that Harry is getting some well-earned leave. I hope to hear that he has (had) a good leave.
I like the design of the stamps, and once again, Harry makes the whole horrible mess so much more human; no longer just numbers and geography.
Perhaps someday we really will see the end to war that his generation believed they were fighting for.
September 10, 2008

nononsensegrammytree said... Absolutely awesome!! Great idea, the stamps!
September 10, 2008


Sexy pinay said... very nice journal.. I love your writings very addicting!
September 11, 2008

Anonymous said...So glad Harry has some leave at last.
I check everyday for a letter just like his family did, what joy for them to see him instead of the postman.
Keep up the good work and enjoy your well deserved holiday
Mavis
September 10, 2008

Anonymous said... I gave a cheer when I read Harry had been granted leave. I'm delighted he'll be heading home to see Ethel, Willie & the family.
That's great news about the stamps too. It's a wonderful tribute to Harry.
Jackie
September 09, 2008

MaurĂ­cio Ganzo Pereira said... Congratulations! I love this blog and all about ww1 and ww2. These histories should never be forgotten.
Sorry my bad english, my native language is Brazilian Portuguese...
Thanks
September 09, 2008
Thank you. The English is excellent - You should try my Portuguese. Well done. BL


Anonymous said... Like everyone who keeps coming back to the blog, I love the letters and this entire experience. I am so excited about the stamps. That is one of the coolest things I have ever heard of and I feel like we (the blog community) are all a part of it. It's a fitting tribute and I wish the States would do something similar. September 09, 2008

Rosemary said... I think this is such a fitting tribute - well done, Harry!
I love reading these letters, they put the perspective on this war from the viewpoint of the average man.
September 08, 2008

Ralph K said... What a surprise I do share the same Birthday with Harry some 78years later. He is almost 1 year older then my Great Grand Father who served many months in the military at the same time in the alps, but on the much safer Swiss side. I guess they are some of the reasons why I feel so intrigued about his "adventure". Just hope he gets out of this alive but, sorry to disappoint some of you, praying won't help anymore. Feel very proud that there will be a postal stamp about "our" Harry.RK
September 08, 2008

Anonymous said... Congratulations to Harry: I hope he has/had a wonderful time on leave!
September 08, 2008

erathwomen said... How absolutely splendid! You must be so proud!Marcy
September 08, 2008

1 comment:

John and Joan said...

Both of us lost close relatives in WW1; one, a member of the Royal Irish Rifles, is remembered in Tyne Cot Cemetery and the other, a member of the 20th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Division) at the Vimy Memorial. Curiously they died on the same day, August 15, 1917. Thank you for this remarkable web site and blog. It has helped us bridge the decades and better understand WW1.