Private Robert Yeomans

Private Robert Bell Yeomans, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 21. He fell during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was the brother of Miss I. Yeomans of Wester Wooden, Roxburgh, Kelso. His brother William also fell ( see above ). That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as only 70 unwounded men answered Roll Call that evening out of the 700 Officers and Other Ranks who had begun the “Charge” that morning. Colonel McNeile from Bowden and his Adjutant Captain Lang from Newstead were both 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 attacking at Gallipoli and the third shows the battlefield in 1922.

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