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Winnipeg soldier arrives at Great War's bloody front

SUPPLIED<P><p>Stanley Bowen outside a church in England during First World War, before he served at the Western Front.

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Stanley Bowen outside a church in England during First World War, before he served at the Western Front.

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It has taken five months of training, but a Winnipegger has finally made it to the front lines of the First World War.

And that soldier, Cpl. Stanley Evan Bowen, is tweeting about it a century later.

A Winnipeg Free Press project that began last May, using the many letters Bowen wrote home, is following his wartime experience and tweeting about it as close to real time — 100 years ago — as possible.

And today, Oct. 13, Bowen found himself in "the danger zone" for the first time after months of training.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/10/2016 (552 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It has taken five months of training, but a Winnipegger has finally made it to the front lines of the First World War.

And that soldier, Cpl. Stanley Evan Bowen, is tweeting about it a century later.

SUPPLIED<P><p>Stanley Bowen (left) with his fiance Mary McNair before he went to war.

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Stanley Bowen (left) with his fiance Mary McNair before he went to war.

A Winnipeg Free Press project that began last May, using the many letters Bowen wrote home, is following his wartime experience and tweeting about it as close to real time — 100 years ago — as possible.

And today, Oct. 13, Bowen found himself in "the danger zone" for the first time after months of training.

The Free Press has been sending near-daily messages from "Stanley's" Twitter account — @SignedStanley — to his girlfriend Mary McNair, who lived at 662 Corydon Ave. Bowen began writing to his future wife from the moment he boarded a train at the CP Rail station at Higgins and Main on May 26, 1916 until Sept. 29, 1918.

Previous tweets followed his experiences training in Britain and beyond, on his way to the the front.

They also chronicle a century-old love story in which a soldier longs to be back with the girl he left behind and looks forward to being with her again, often recounting moments from time they'd spent together.

The tweets have attracted hundreds of followers, including people at war museums, military buffs and history teachers and their students.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

Read more by Kevin Rollason.

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Updated on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:01 PM CDT: Adds video.

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