Private David Harper

Private David Harper, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah, aged 22. He was the son of David and Catherine Harper of 3 Market Square, Duns and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. That fateful 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. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of her sons. The photograph shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This ” hill ” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photo shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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