William (Bill) Lamin 1916-2010


Sadly, Bill, my father passed away yesterday afternoon, 30th December, aged 94. It wasn't completely unexpected, he has been very frail for quite some time.

Bill (Willie in the blog) was born 9 months before his father Harry was conscripted. He was one of main characters, frequently mentioned in Harry's letters. Click here for the start of Willie's story, in four instalments.

I am very sad that Bill was never really able to grasp how the blog worked. He certainly wasn't able to understand that the book was about his father.

24 comments:

C Crino said...

My condolences to you. A sad way to end the year.

You have, however, given him a tribute through this blog, even if he never knew the impact.

Sailinghome said...

I'm sorry to hear that... this blog is a very nice tribute to the very interesting story of Bill and Harry... I hope you find comfort with your grief at some time in the near future...

Bill said...

My condolences to you and your family, Mr. Lamin. It has been a treat reading this blog and I will continue to come back and review the entries.

Thank you for posting these memories.

Kathi said...

My sympathies,for the loss of your father.

Anonymous said...

You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. I have followed Harry since the blog started and was so apprehensive he would not come home. I hope for you that you only remember the happy times with your Dad.

Beck said...

We send our most sincere condolences. But what a wonderful legacy you have created here. I am sure on some level your father realized its importance.

Jess said...

My condolences on your loss. I hope having so magnificently preserved some family history is a comfort, even if your father wasn't really able to grasp the significance. He still may have appreciated how important the family history is to you, and that may have been more comfort and pride than you know.

Anonymous said...

Sincere condolences; if your father didn't understnad about the book before, I'm sure he does now.
May he rest in peace and may you be assured the blog has created a wonderful legacy in his memory. Thank you

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. From what you've written, he was fortunate enough to enjoy a pretty good life.

It's humbling to realize that there are still people among us who lived through 'long-ago' historical events and eras: people to whom these things weren't ancient history but rather stories from their own lives. One ordinary man's lifespan, and yet look at the world of changes that lifespan encompassed.

My sympathy to the Lamin family. -Gustav's great-granddaughter

Anonymous said...

Sincerest condolences to you and your family. How very sad for you all. What a wonderful legacy you have created.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Bill,

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dad. No matter how much it has been anticipated, no one is ever ready. I will continue to hold you and your family in my prayers.

You have left a wonderful legacy for your family - and I would like to think your Dad/Willie did - or does - understand it at some level.

Certainly Harry's family and their legacy lives on and will as long as any of us are around to point people to your blog and remind them of the sacrifices that your father and grandfather made so that we might be able to read this record...

Gratefully,

Linda H-F near San Francisco, CA, USA

Dieter Finzen said...

My condolences to you and your family, Bill.
Your father will not be forgotten - your wonderful blog will be part of of this remembrance.

Kenneth said...

Bill, sorry for your loss. Through your blog you have shared your father's life with the world. From that I can tell he had a full life and am sure created many memories with you and your family. I hope that these memories will help releive the pain of your loss.

I have truly enjoyed following the blog for the last 5 years and appreciate you sharing your history.

Kenneth Nall

JDMeier said...

My sincere condolences, Bill, on learning of the death of your father. You have created a marvelous story of your family -especially its service during World War I. I would like to think your father would have been very proud of your efforts.

Thank you.

All the best from Vienna, Virginia, USA

Javier said...

Sincere condolences from Spain, God bless him.

Janell said...

Bill,
Sincere Condolences to you in the death of your father. He was one of "The Greatest Generation"; your grandfather, Harry, made history with his saved letters from the battlefields of WWI; you can take great pride in the telling of their interesting stories to a fascinated world.
Janell

tony said...

Bill, thank you for this blog. It gives me some idea of what my grandfather went through in WW1. I never could get him to speak about it.
My sincere condolences on your sad loss.

Serge said...

My sincere condolences for your loss. Reading about Harry and Willie's stories over the past few years has been a privilege.

Thank you.
Serge (Canada)

Anonymous said...

My condolences.

My father died many years ago, but was just a little younger than Bill, and his father was conscripted just one month after his birth.

Those generations had to go through terrible times, and you did well to create the blog which honoured Bill, Harry, and so many other lives.

Veda
(who tried to help a little with your research on Jack)

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