Soldier's diary of World War One to be released online

The diaries are kept in the Dorset History Centre Credit: ITV News

One hundred years ago this week a soldier from Portland was on the battlefieds of Belgium recording the day's events in his diary.

Now, that diary is being published online.

The entries by Dorset's Regimental Sergeant Major George Beck give a vivid account of life on the battlefield during the Great War. He wrote everyday through the war, noting casualties, military operations, and the weather.

Sergeant Beck moved to Dorset after marrying a girl from Portland in 1907.

His diaries and other records have now been donated to the Dorset History Centre by his granddaughter. A volunteer has been transcribing them ready to be posted online.

Among the most interesting accounts is a record from Christmas Day 1914:

People can now read day by day publications of the diary online