On the same day, the local Territorial Army unit for north Northumberland, the 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers took part in the Battle of St Julien
, near Ypres on the Western Front.
Ethelyn, who lives in Blackwood, said: "He went to war and on April 25, 1915, when the Germans were firing between 45 and 68 shells per hour during the battle which was called the Battle of St Julien
, William John was severely injured in the leg.
Walter's vivid recollections describe his part in the 118th Brigade's involvement in the Battle of St Julien
at the opening of the Third Battle of Ypres, then the Somme, and finally Ypres again.