When I started researching the story of our "Somme Soldier", Raymond Percival, I had one single photo of him in his uniform...
Fast forward a few weeks...and I'm flicking through multiple photos with three generations of his family. It's fair to say, quite a lot has happened since my last blog post!
After the in our series was broadcast, I had an email from Raymond's great, great niece, Alice. Alice is in the middle of the photo above, wearing a white and maroon scarf. A member of her family had seen our report and they all wanted to find out more.
"We always watch Anglia at night and they said, we're going to do this series on the Somme and we're taking a boy from Rushden and you think "Oh, that's nice!" Then, when they said Raymond Percival, I nearly fell off my chair!"
And I was equally surprised when I found out that, after a hundred years, lots of Raymond's family are still living in his home town of Rushden in Northamptonshire and were happy to share some of their photos and memories with us.
Once Raymond had finished his training at the Northampton barracks in early 1916, we think he travelled down to Southampton docks and crossed the Channel to Northern France.
War diaries suggest that Raymond's battalion spent time in the French town of Albert at the start of 1916. These days, Albert is a tranquil town and it looked beautiful in the sunshine during our filming, but, a hundred years ago, it was where thousands of British soldiers came to fight in the Battle of the Somme.
"The statue on the top was damaged by shells and ended up leaning at a very dangerous angle - about 90 degrees - and the soldiers began to build up a superstition, that when the statue fell from the top, that it would signal the end of the war."
We also filmed in a network of 13th century tunnels that run underneath Albert.
metres of tunnels run underneath the town of Albert
During the Battle of the Somme, these tunnels were used to store ammunition and reserve soldiers.
On tonight's ITV News Anglia, I'll be reporting from Albert in France - finding out what life was like for Private Raymond Percival when he arrived here, ready to fight, a century ago.