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Soldier's First World War poems returned to family 100 years on

A notebook detailing the horrors of the First World War has been returned to the family of the soldier who wrote it, a century on from the conflict.

Private Allick Ellis volunteered as a stretcher-bearer during the Great War and was deployed at the Battle of Passchendaele, the 100th anniversary of which is being marked this week.

The notebook includes Private Ellis' poignant poems about the scenes he witnessed.

His family did not know the book existed until it was given to a military historian, who was able to trace his descendants.

Peter Ellis, Private Ellis' great nephew, said: "To have this come back after all this time is an absolute delight.

"We're blown over by the whole thing."

The Battle of Passchendaele was fought in the summer and autumn of 1917 and thousands of British, Allied and German soldiers lost their lives.

Between July 31 and November 10 there were more than half a million casualties - 325,000 Allied soldiers and 260,000 to 400,000 Germans.