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    Bill Lamin(Author)

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Harry Lamin was born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left school at thirteento work in the lace industry, but by December 1916 he had beenconscripted into the 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment and sentto war. Harry's letters home to his family describe the conflict with apoignant immediacy, even ninety years on, detailing everything from theaction in battle to the often amusing incidents of life amongst hiscomrades. Throughout the letters, Harry's tone is unwaveringly stoical,uncomplaining and good humoured. Letters From The Trenches is afitting tribute to the unsung heroes of the Great War who fought andendured and returned home, and the one in six who did not. The lettersdescribe the war through the eyes of those who really lived it, bringingthe horrors and triumphs to life for the twenty-first-century reader.Edited by Harry's grandson, Bill, Letters From The Trenches tellsthe moving story of a brave, selfless and honourable man who enduredeverything that the war could throw at him, and still came up smiling.

Stoic, uncomplaining and good humoured letters home from some of the worst spots of the First World War --The Bookseller

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Bill Lamin(Author)
  • Michael O'Mara; Reprint edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • English
  • 3
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By sram on 1 May 2017

    I bought the audiobook version of this via audible and thoroughly enjoyed it. As someone that has relatively little knowledge about the Great War, I found that this book kept my attention and at no point did I want to stop listening. I had heard about the blog after reading the book and so unlike many others I visited the former after finishing the latter.An emotional listen with excellent writing between the letters. Narration was also very good and I felt the accent and style fitted this book very well.

  • By Pedros on 2 June 2009

    Read and enjoy. Immensely moving and thought provoking. The tragedy of our young men at war in such conditions can never fade from the memory. Books like this will remain essential reading for many generations to come.I was very impressed with the blog edition of this book. I did not take part in the event but feel it was a very good way of getting a younger generation on board with history. Many soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have used the internet as a way of writing home or blogging their diaries. Like our earlier generations, also equal in progressing technology, our soldiers would have embraced todays technology as we have.Those of you wishing to continue an interest in this subject should read 'A very unimportant Officer' and 'for love and courage'. These two books have similarities with Harry's war especially the things dear to them, home and home comforts such as food parcels and letters.I would also suggest reading 'Tommy's war',this particular diary has been written by a chap who couldn't fight and was constantly turned down by the board because of his health. The combined literature creates an extremely good insight into the war and the social problems it causes at home.I wholeheartedly recommend all these books for the avid history reader as it really does give one an incredible insight to the past.I know Harry would have been very proud of his grandson for bringing his war and the letters to life 90yrs on....well done and thank you for sharing it with the nation.

  • By Dr Mummy on 12 June 2009

    This book is based on a fascinating blog, started by Bill Lamin in which he posts his grandfather's letters home from WW1, 90 yrs to the day after they were written. I've been following the blog for a long time and couldn't wait for the book. It was well worth the wait. Not only is the book beautifully designed, it is a compelling and interesting read that gives an honest sense of one soldier's war experience. It is a timely publication that would make Harry Lamin proud. I expect to give copies of this to friends and family for Christmas this year. I can't recommend this book enough.

  • By Guest on 11 May 2009

    Followed the blog which was interesting in itself. The book provides a clear, easy to read account of one man's journey through one of the most horrific events of the twentieth century. Would recommend it in a instant to anyone interested in WW1.

  • By John Ward on 25 October 2009

    I have read as many as 150 books on the Somme, and this chap just seemed to accept his lot, never complaining or talking badly about anyone. A first class read. Highly reccommended.I always enjoy books which give personal insights of the conflict, rather than formal historical accounts.

  • By E Thomas on 20 August 2014

    This book is written by Bill Lamin, the grandson of Harry Lamin. The book is the story of Harry Lamin's war. Harry Lamin was born in 1887 so when he was called up in December 1916 he was 29 years old. He joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment which was an infantry regiment which served in both Flanders and Italy.Through his letters to his brother Jack and sister Kate we see the horrors of the Flanders battlefield between summer and autumn 1917 - Harry having taken part in the Battle of the Messines Ridge and at Passchendale. October 1917 saw the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment on the move to Northern Italy. I found this part of the book very interesting as the majority of books / television documentaries concentrate of the fields of Flanders and not the mountainous terrain of Northern Italy.The story of Harry Lamin's war is told through letters, war diaries kept by the battalion during the conflict and the authors own research. I found this a truly amazing book of one ordinary man's personal struggle through a conflict - the likes of which had never been seen before. A must read for EVERYONE!

  • By E Thomas on 20 August 2014

    This book is written by Bill Lamin, the grandson of Harry Lamin. The book is the story of Harry Lamin's war. Harry Lamin was born in 1887 so when he was called up in December 1916 he was 29 years old. He joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment which was an infantry regiment which served in both Flanders and Italy.Through his letters to his brother Jack and sister Kate we see the horrors of the Flanders battlefield between summer and autumn 1917 - Harry having taken part in the Battle of the Messines Ridge and at Passchendale. October 1917 saw the 9th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment on the move to Northern Italy. I found this part of the book very interesting as the majority of books / television documentaries concentrate of the fields of Flanders and not the mountainous terrain of Northern Italy.The story of Harry Lamin's war is told through letters, war diaries kept by the battalion during the conflict and the authors own research. I found this a truly amazing book of one ordinary man's personal struggle through a conflict - the likes of which had never been seen before. A must read for EVERYONE!

  • By Mr. J. B. Rowe on 7 July 2009

    Bill Lamin's 'Letters from the Trenches' is compulsory reading both for serious historians with an interest in the First World War and anyone who relishes a great human interest story. The periods of intense drama, combined with a rare insight into day to day life in, and out of, the trenches, shed rare light into a dark period of our recent history. This is history at its most challenging and powerful.


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