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The untold story of how a British soldier used a violin as a war diary has come to light 100 years after the start of the First World War.<br />
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Ernest Johnson etched the names and dates of everywhere he travelled to while serving the army into the back of the violin which he had taken with him to entertain troops in the trenches.<br />
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The first entry was in August 1915 and is followed by 20 place names and dates where he saw action including some of the most famous battle locations in France, Belgium and Italy.<br />
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Ernest died in 1948 and the story of his violin became the stuff of family legend until his granddaughter Jan Evans started researching their family history in 2012.<br />
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The amazing tale has been told for the first time in a new book by Paul Atterbury, an expert on the Antiques Roadshow.