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Britain is recruiting an army of amateur historians to sift through more than 1.5 million pages of diaries written by World War I army officers, published online for the first time 100 years after the conflict began.Spanning the whole of the 1914-18 conflict, the diaries are the official record of the war by British army units – but deeply poignant testimony can be found among the battalions' day-to-day accounts of their movements.Patterson's own neatly typewritten diary, recording the movements of the 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers, comes to an abrupt end on Oct. 25, 1914, when he was killed just three months into the war.Luke Smith of the Imperial War Museum said the work of volunteers in sorting through the diaries would help piece together the stories of the priest and thousands of others who served in the war.
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