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Digital Insight into the Life of a Portland WW1 Soldier

RSM Beck

6:31am 22nd August 2014
(Updated 6:35am 22nd August 2014)

World War One memories, documented buy a Portland soldier, will be available to read online through a new blog.

Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck, who was awarded a Military Cross in 1918, originally wrote the diaries 100 years ago while serving on the Western Front for the whole of 1914 - 1918.

Some of the entries include the introduction of gas to the battlefields, and the Christmas truce of 1914.

The diaries have been transcribed over the course of many months by History Centre volunteer Alison Schwalm.

She said: "It has been a privilege to transcribe these diaries written by a courageous professional soldier, a non-commissioned officer who obviously cared greatly for his comrades as well as his young family at home. What a stark contrast between his account of survival in the battlefields of France and Belgium, and the occasional leave to Portland."

To read the blog, visit http://news.dorsetforyou.com/rsm-beck-diary or follow @RSM_GBeck on Twitter.

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