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 family of Leonard Kilcoin or the public.
The credibility and poignancy of the diary is enhanced by letters of Leonard’s family. These letters range from 1910 to 1917 and demonstrate the close family ties that then existed; these flowed between India, England and Ireland.
Apart from the letters, I knew very little of my grandfather, as my parents and grandfather’s generation very rarely spoke of events during the Great War. In this respect David’s discoveries have enlightened me and my family.
I thank David for these kind remarks which I have now included on the home page. I can only repeat here that the whole journey has been a privilege, not many of us are lucky enough to make a discovery such as this. That it should be in the 100th anniversary year of the outbreak of war and the commencement of the diary makes it even more poignant.