Private Alexander Milne

Private Alexander Milne, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on 26th April 1915 during the landings at “Y” Beach, Gallipoli. He was a regular soldier and the Battalion with other Regular Battalions formed the 29th Division.  The landings were successful but the Turks were allowed to strongly counter attack. 260 casualties were suffered and the opportunity to attack the Turks from the rear and aid the landings further south at Helles was lost and the troops were withdrawn.  Major Jack Churchill  wrote a short ditty about this episode,  “Y” Beach the Scottish Borderer cried , While panting up the steep hillside, “Y” Beach, To this thing a beach is stiff, its nothing but a bloody cliff, Why beach? He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before enlisting he had been apprenticed to T.B. Murdistan who was a Plumber and Slater in Earlston. After enlisting he had served with the Battalion five years in India and three years in Egypt. The photograph shows ” Y ” Beach looking South to Cape Helles.

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