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Born in August 1887 in Awsworth Notts, to Henry and Sarah Lamin. Elder Sisters Catherine (Kate), Mary Esther and Sarah Anne(Annie) and Elder brother John (Jack). Educated at Awsworth Board School, just outside Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. I served with honour in the 9th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment seeing front line action in Flanders and Northern Italy from the end of 1916 to January 1920.

War Diary July 1918

Note. During the month the general health of the the Battalion was good. The prevailing diseases being I.C.T. And diarhoea.
(signed) G. F. Cobbold Major
For Lt. Col. Commanding 9th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment

23rd -31st Interior economy and inspections throughout the day. Battalion inspection daily at 6am, after which, under company arrangements training was carried out in the following:- Musketry, Bayonet Fighting and Physical Drill, Gas Drill, Platoon and Company Drill, Ceremonial Drill &c. Men rested during the heat of the days and in the evening, lectures were delivered by the O’s C. Companies. Specialist classes were held , and a short tactical exercise for officers was carried out.
22nd Interior economy, and inspections throughout the day.
20th At 4 am, the Battalion moved to VILLA VERLA: route:- S. FORTUNA - bridge over river ASTICO - PREARA - LEVA.
19th At 4 am the Battalion moved to FARA area via CAMPANA.
The Battalion paraded in drill order at 6am, after which training was carried out under Company arrangements.
17th Training was carried out under Company arrangements. The Commanding Officer lectured to all Officers and n.c.os.
16th The Battalion paraded in full marching order, for inspection by the commanding Officer.
15th Interior economy. The 7th Divisional front was again reconnoitred.
Church services were held in the morning. Khaki-drill clothing was issued. The Commanding Officer, accompanied by O.C. Companies, recconnoitred the 7th Divisional front.
13th The day was devoted to cleaning up clothing, equipment and to internal economy
12thThe Battalion was relieved by the 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and, on relief, moved to MARZIELE CAMP (near TEZZE SCIESSERE). Relief was complete by 11am.
5th to 11th - Battalion in the line. By days, work on the defensive system was continued, and by night our outpost positions were improved, a considerable amount of wire being erected in front thereof. Patrols were sent out by night. Hostile shelling was intermittent during our tour in the line.
4th The Battalion relieved the 8th Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. in the right front line, lefty Brigade sector. Relief was completed by 11 am
3rd Bathing, under Company arrangements was carried out during the day.
2nd Working parties improved the second line: the remainder of Companies improved their shelter trenches.
1st Tactical Exercise of withdrawal to the M. LANGABISA - M. CORNO LINE was practised in skeleton formation. Shelter trenches in the vicinity of the billets were improved.

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Roger O'Keeffe said...

Interesting that for 5th to 11th they were able to improve the defensive positions, and only used the cover of night to work on outposts (which would be forward of the main defensive line, in no man's land).

This reflects the fact that the lines are far apart, and it's a generally "quiet" sector at the moment, with perhaps a bit of "live and let live" going on and not much more than sporadic enemy harrassing artillery fire.

On the Western Front, pretty much all work on the line (replacing barbed wire, rebuilding trench walls with sandbags, fascines etc.) had to be done at night, as it was too dangerous by day because the lines were generally just a few hundred yards apart. Daytime for units in the line was a time for catching a quick if fitful snooze (sitting on the firestep, wearing full kit and with their rifles to hand), with just a couple of sentries watching for any suspicious enemy action.