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With Innocence and Hope
A unique and vivid first hand account of a young soldier, one of the millions who fought in World War I.
Walter Williams, from Hodnet, volunteered at age fifteen and joined the Shropshire Light Infantry. After completing his initial training at the Shrewsbury Barracks, he passed through the notorious training camp at Etaples before being plunged into the horrors of trench warfare. He fought in some of the major battles of the war including Pachendaele, the Somme and Vimy Ridge – and was badly wounded during the final attack on the Hindenburg line when he was hit by machine-gun fire from an enemy plane.
Walter’s story was captured on an ancient reel-to-reel tape recorder during long conversations with his two nephews, who went on to write this remarkable story.
Walter died in 1998, by which time he was one of the last veterans of World War I.
Royalties from sales of the printed book bought from YouCaxton will be donated to the British Legion and Royalties from the sale of the Kindle edition are being donated to Help For Heroes