Not one person who fought in WWI is still living. Let that settle in for a second. With our connection to the past severed, we can still learn about the battles, the politicians, and the weapons, but the experiences of the common soldier are much harder to come by. When Tyler Wells Lynch, a Boston resident and amateur historian, transcribed his great-grandfather’s war diary, he reached through the pages and touched a man who lived through WWI’s greatest battle—a man who lost his vision in a gas attack just hours before the war was over. Through his blind eyes, we can see the past.