Private William McGregor

Private William McGregor, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 4th June 1915, aged 35. during the Third Battle of Krithia. He was the husband of Margaret McGregor of 35 West Street, Berwick and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was a reservist with the Regiment and before the War had worked in Tweedmouth with Mr McGregor, grocer. He left a widow and 6 children. A general attack took place that day and two Battleships H.M.S.” Swiftsure” and H.M.S. “Vengeance” deluged the Turkish positions with shells. ( the photograph shows H.M.S. “Swiftsure” apparently with little effect as the K.O.S.B attacking at Gully Ravine met a withering fire  Only the nearest Turkish trench was captured and some prisoners sent back but the usual heavy casualties were incurred. Total British casualties came to over 4,000 with little gain to show for all the heroism. ( see also under entry for William Leitch) The second photograph, taken by a soldier left out of the attack, shows the Battalion going over the top that morning.

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