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War horse soldier's memoirs available to read.

THE fascinating memoirs of a First World War soldier, who accompanied real-life war horses to the frontline, are now available on the web.

Corporal George Thompson, from Sunderland, was a transport driver with 7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry during the conflict and used horses to deliver rations and supplies under enemy fire.

A decade after the war ended, the George decided to write about his experiences and penned a lengthy memoir for his daughter.

Now the full transcript of his memories can be downloaded at, an interactive website launched a year ago this month to map the story of County Durham and its people during the First World War. A group of eight volunteers from Durham County Record Office, which runs the Durham at War website, have spent hours transcribing and checking the memoirs. Gill Parkes, principal archivist at Durham County Record Office, said: "It's taken a lot of work to transcribe George's memoirs but it's such a worthwhile task. They offer a fascinating first-hand account of life on the frontline - you can almost hear the words tumbling onto the page as his memories come flooding back.

"While the memoirs provide a very useful resource for anyone studying the First World War they're also a very engaging read in their own right.

to read George Thompson's |memoirs, visit

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2015
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