I never knew my grandfather, William (Will) Frampton McBeath, he died before I was born. My mother, Norma Harrison, is the keeper of the family history with a trove of old photos, letters, diaries, clippings and memorabilia stashed away in the back of her wardrobe. In 1994 she compiled her father’s story, Diaries of Graves Detachment Digger William Frampton McBeath in the years 1918 –1919 of World War One, for relatives and friends and sent copies to the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of Victoria. His diaries and many letters to home give a rare insight into the daily life of a soldier.