Monthly Archives: July 2014

Russian mobilisation July 31 1914

Today (in 1914) Russia has announced mobilisation and called upon France to do the same. War is becoming increasingly inevitable. With just a few more days before we start to read Leonard’s diary here is a glimpse of the top … Continue reading

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War draws nearer

Today exactly 100 years ago Leo Kilcoin was at work as usual at the Central Telegraph Office. Today Germany had issued a 24 ultimatum to Russia to stop their troop movements together with an 18 hour ultimatum to France promising … Continue reading

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Acknowledgement

I have today received an email from Leonard’s grandson asking me to add the following acknowledgement to this site : Without the diligence and integrity of David Marks, the “Diary” would never have been seen or heard of by the … Continue reading

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New Poem !

Leonard was clearly quite fond of poetry as we have seen. This rather less serious poem appears in his little notebook. Lord Rhondda was appointed Food Controller in 1917. Mary had a little lamb With peas so nice and green … Continue reading

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The War Photographer

Having seen this blog, my grand daughter read this to me. She wrote it as part of a creative writing project at school. Couldn’t resist posting at as I just love it . … But then , I am probably … Continue reading

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Third page of Diary

The third page of Leo’s diary contains two brief poems: How True ! Our God and soldiers we alike adore. When on the brink of ruin – Not before After deliverance, both alike requited Our God forgotten and our soldiers … Continue reading

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First Page of Diary

This variation on a well known poem of the Great War is on the first page of Leo’s diary ( He was known to the family as Leo). MY LITTLE WET HOME IN A TRENCH Composed by a Member of … Continue reading

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