Family follows WW I soldier's footsteps





The unexpected discovery of a grandfather's war diary inspired one Shropshire man to trace his entire journey across the Western Front.

For years the diary of World War I soldier Edgar Lucas lay forgotten in a cupboard.

It was only when his grandson Rob was sorting through possessions after the death of his father Dennis that he came across the book, which recorded Pte Lucas's journey across the Western Front.

The find inspired Mr Lucas, of Highley, Shropshire, to visit each of the sites.

Since then he has been to all the locations recorded in his grandfather's diary and many other battlefields from both world wars, as well as sites in South Africa from the Zulu and Boer wars.

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