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Soldier’s frontline diary from WWII found in loft

A diary belonging to a WWII British army corporal who took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily has been found in a loft.

In his diary, Mr Gillespie describes the death of two young soldiers who were killed as they raised their heads above a parapet. On returning to base later that day, he wrote: “We were the forward section. The dawn came up and two kids moaned about ‘wasted time’ and home.

“Within a few minutes the two little white-armed lads of 18 were dead – As far as I could tell these lads had seen nothing of life, a couple of drunks and a night out or two.

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