Private Robert Wilson

Private Robert Wilson, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah, aged 30. He was the son of Robert and Jane Wilson of Rosebank, Coldingham and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. That day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call out of the over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack. Twenty Officers had taken part and seventeen became casualties including the Colonel and his Adjutant who were both posted missing presumed killed.. The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. ThIs “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers going over the top at Gallipoli.

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