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Jim Bowles, 95, from Langham, with photos and extracts from a diary which he wrote during the second world. The original copy of the diary was lost on a train. Jim is pictured holding a photocopy. Photo: SM290611-005ow.jpg

Jim Bowles, 95, from Langham, with photos and extracts from a diary which he wrote during the second world. The original copy of the diary was lost on a train. Jim is pictured holding a photocopy. Photo: SM290611-005ow.jpg

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A DIARY kept by a war veteran during the Second World War has been stolen.

Jim Bowles, 95, of Lonsborough Gardens, Langham, was devastated when he discovered the diary had been taken.

His cousin, who was transcribing the diary, mistakenly left it in a bag on a Cross Country train travelling between Bristol and Penzance.

It chronicles his tour of duty with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1941 and 1942 and also includes his marriage in March 1941.

British Transport Police are treating the incident, which happened on April 4, as a theft after checks found the bag was not on the train and had not been handed in.