Private Moses Townsley

Private Moses Townsley , “E ” Coy 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches  at Achi Baba Nullah on Gallipoli, aged 26. He was the son of Thomas Townsley of 19 Leet Street, Coldstream and the husband of Margaret Townsley of 2 Abbey Road, Coldstream. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before the War he was a valued member of Coldstream Football Club and was employed by Smith ( Builders) of Coldstream. He is also commemorated in the Football Pavilion in Home Park, Coldstream. His two brothers William and Thomas were also killed during the War ( see below). The first photograph shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photograph shows the Borderers “going over the top” at Gallipoli and the third shows the battlefield in 1922. The Battalion was part of the 155th ( South Scottish ) Brigade in the 52nd ( Lowland ) Division. The final photograph shows three of his comrades who also played for Coldstream F.C., Alec Lawrie, Willie Cockburn and Jim Murray. Jim went on to win a Scottish Amateur Cup Winners Medal with Coldstream in 1925.

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