I never knew my Great Grandfather, but my Gran told me lots of stories about him being killed in World War 1. She was only 7 when he died but she kept his memory alive. I was always invited for Sunday lunch on Remembrance Sunday, and we would watch the Centotaph on TV.
I have diaries written by my Great Grandfather, Lance Corporal Charles Robert Nicholson,of the 19th Battalion,Northumberland Fusiliers. With the aid of a scanner I am trying to transcribe his diaries, the writing is small and very faint but much of it can be read with use of the scanner and some photo manipulation
5 Days of life for a WW1 soldier ( writing in italics are my thoughts)
28th May Vielle Chapelle for some cards. A.D. BD12. 7? M Rh 20 -30? A Raid
I know he sent cards home, but not sure what the symbols and initials mean
29th May Engineers 3 v 19 NF 2. Lacoutuer city ground, football match. Ret 2.30am
A football match, his side got beaten
30th May Notts & Derby 50 killed. Attack in ….. ? Germans driven back. Heavy bombardment. Billets shelled Std. To.
9th June Road repairing Lacouteur. British Cemetery. Raid on German trenches. Pte Askew killed. Buried Lacouteur. 10th trench. Cadbury communications.
I believe there is a General called Bournville, so I think he called him Cadbury but I will have to look into this further.
10th June Road repair. Thunder lightening raining. 5th Cornwalls L Fou.? First strawberries. Lacoutuer both. Heavy Sraff
I found this very touching , such terrible things going on around him but he still wrote he had his first strawberries. Maybe he was holding on to a little bit of normality.
I will be telling you more about Charles Robert Nicholson in other posts, for my Gran I intend to keep his memory alive.
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