Lance Corporal William McLeod

First World War

Lance Corporal William James McLeod, 1st/7th Battalion, Nothumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th April 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres, aged 21. He was the son of the late William and Helen McLeod of Tweedmouth and is buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. The Battalion had only landed in France on 21st April before being rushed into an abortive attack in the Ypres Salient near the village of St. Julien. The Battalion was caught in the open by enemy artillery and machine guns and suffered heavy casualties. 2 Officers and 19 Other Ranks were killed with 217 men wounded and 161 missing. A severe baptism of fire for the Berwick Territorials.