Diary among WW1 artefacts in European project

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A Wartime diary uncovered by a Roundhay resident is among the artefacts on show in a unique European project to tell families’ stories of the First World War.

Jeanette Payne didn’t realise her great grandfather John Henry Fisher served in the war until a family member revealed the diary’s existence. It tells of his time working as a Labour Boy - whose role was to ensure soldiers had the weapons and equipment. She said: “He talks about working in the Ypres area in places we read about in history books and suddenly to find out he was there is just absolutely amazing.”

The diary features in a project which aims to uncover items - such as medals and letters - hidden in homes, telling stories from 1914-18 which should be preserved. The British Library’s Boston Spa has joined forces with Europeana - Europe’s digital museum - to gather family stories which will then be shared via Europeana’s online archive - http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en.

A roadshow will be held at the Boston Spa library on Saturday August 2.

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