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Letter's from the Trenches.

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Colin

Colin Report 5 Apr 2011 10:57

I have had a few successes from this site,but the one that stands out for me, is I managed to trace,through Genes Reunited tree's the Grand-Daughter.of a soldier of the King.s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry,who was killed in action,on the 29th of November 1917,in France,can you imagine her joy when her Grand- father's letters dropped through her letter box almost one hundred years after they were written. The letters nine in all,gave an insight into what it was really like in the trenches,in one he spoke of having not taken off his clothes for thirteen day's.and had never been so cold ,in all his life,one can only imagine what they went through. The familly would not have known of the existance of these letter's,because they were written to the family he,and his pals were billeted with a hundred and fifty miles away from there home town of Normanton Yorkshire,England,before they went over to France in January 1917