Corporal John Borthwick

Corporal John Borthwick, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was a Regular Soldier and was killed in action at Gallipoli on 26th April 1915, aged 30. He was the son of Alexander and Agnes Borthwick of 58 Church Street, Berwick and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. The Battalion was landed at ” Y ” Beach  in order to keep Turkish forces away from the main landing further South at Helles. After much fierce fighting the Battalion was withdrawn and moved south to Helles. Casualties amounted to 296 killed and wounded. 1st K.O.S.B. was part of the 29th Division which consisted of Regular Battalions.

John was born in Linlithgow Scotland his father was a shoe maker. In some records he has a middle name Shepherd. 

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