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The Wolverhampton Chronicle recently featured the story of 18-year-old Laban Lampitt, whose nephew, had unearthed the letter that Laban sent to his mother weeks before his death during the Battle of the Somme.

Laban was born on 4 June 1898 at 20 Derry Street, Wolverhampton, to parents Joseph and Annie Maud. In 1901, he was living with his parents at 115 Cockshutts Lane. By 1911, his parents had had a further 3 children (one of whom had died), and Laban’s siblings Annie Maud and Joseph were living with them.

Laban joined the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 96260), but was killed in action on 31 August 1916. He is commemorated at the Delville Wood Cemetery in France. Tragically, his letter to his mother includes the poignant lines:

Cheer up Mother it will soon be over and I’ll be back home with you. Don’t worry I know how to look after myself.