Thousands Glued to WWI Blog

Private Harry Lamin's letters appear in real time online
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jan 6, 2008 5:38 PM CST
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(Newser) – Does he live, or lose his life to "liquid fire and bombs"? That question is keeping tens of thousands glued to a site that is posting the letters of a World War I soldier in real time, 90 years after they were written. The soldier's grandson, who collected the letters, prefers to leave readers in the dark: "That is the way it would have been at home," he said.

Harry Lamin was employed in Nottingham's lace industry and had a one-year old son when England called him to fight in 1917, the Telegraph reports. He fought "Fritz" in some of the war's most famous battles, but adds humor to his missives: "It's a rum job waiting for the time to come to go over the top—without any rum, too," he wrote. Readers now await the next posting, which may be a letter from Harry or telegram from the War Office.