Private John Dalgleish

Private John Dalgleish, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on 12 July 1915 in Gallipoli during the “Charge”  on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah, aged 24. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Dalgleish of Kimmerston and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Cornhill and had enlisted in Coldstream. Before the war he had worked as a farm servant for Mr Logan of Cornhill farm and had enlisted in October 1914. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as at evening roll call only 70 unwounded men answered out of the over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack. The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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