Author(s): Bill Lamin
Harry Lamin was born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left school at thirteen to work in the lace industry, but by December 1916 he had been conscripted into the 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment and sent to war. Harry's letters home to his family describe the conflict with a poignant immediacy, even ninety years on, detailing everything from the action in battle to the often amusing incidents of life amongst his comrades. Throughout the letters, Harry's tone is unwaveringly stoical, uncomplaining and good humoured. Letters From The Trenches is a fitting tribute to the unsung heroes of the Great War who fought and endured and returned home, and the one in six who did not. The letters describe the war through the eyes of those who really lived it, bringing the horrors and triumphs to life for the twenty-first-century reader. Edited by Harry's grandson, Bill, Letters From The Trenches tells the moving story of a brave, selfless and honourable man who endured everything 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 Describes the conflict with poignant immediacy, bringing the horrors and triumph of the trenches to the 21st century reader Daily Mail Beautifully and humorously told BBC Country File Through Harry Lamin's letters, edited by his grandson, we see the life of the 'PBI' - the Poor Bloody Infantry - the tough, tolerant, enduringly good-humoured men who bore the brunt of the cataclysm that broke upon Europe in 1914 Military History Monthly
Bill Lamin was educated at Welbeck College, the defence sixth-form establishment, and went on to attend the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, but left to read mechanical engineering at Imperial College, London. After graduating, he became an aerospace engineer before taking up a new career as a teacher in Cornwall, where he now lives. After discovering his grandfather's First World War letters, Bill used them as the basis of his blog 'WWI: Experiences of an English Soldier', based on the letters and set in real time ninety years ago.