Private James Sturgeon

Private James Sturgeon, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 26th April 1915 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was born in Berwick and had enlisted as a Regular solder at the Depot in the Town. The Battalion as part of the 29th Division had landed at ” Y ” Beach on the first day of the campaign with the intention of preventing Turkish reinforcements opposing one of the main landings at Helles at the South of the Peninsula. The landing was opposed and the action became a grim defensive struggle. The Turks were repulsed but inexplicably orders were received to vacate their positions and embark for Helles. This action cost the Battalion almost half its battle strength and there were heavy casualties amongst the Officers

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