Private Adam Quin

Private Adam Blackie Quinn, “B” Coy. 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge”  at Achi Baba Nullah, aged 22. He was the son of Edward and Margaret Quinn of Leetside, Chirnside and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. ( “B” Coy. was based in Hawick ) He is also commemorated on the Memorial which used to be in Whitsome Church. This Memorial can be now found in the Village Hall.  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. Out of the twenty Officers eleven, including the Colonel and his Adjutant, were killed and a further six wounded. The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers going into the attack.

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