Family Unearth WWI Soldier’s Diary in Glasgow Attic

Posted by admin on May 19, 2011

Nearly 100 years after it was written, a harrowing account of trench warfare has been found in a Glasgow attic. A family looking through the loft of their new home in Mount Vernon were surprised to find the diary of a young black soldier who had served in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

Now the family are appealing to relatives of Private Arthur Roberts to come forward and claim his memoirs. During the First World War, soldiers were not allowed to keep diaries in case the information fell into enemy hands but Pte Roberts made entries over a ten-month period during the conflict. Wittty and honest, his account of life on the frontline is a poignant read.

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