Corporal Archibald Martin

Corporal Archibald Martin, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion  Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Coldingham and lived in Chirnside where he had enlisted. Out of the over 700 Officers and Men who had begun the attack only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call. Of the twenty Officers eleven ,including the Colonel and his Adjutant, were killed and a further six wounded. Few Border Towns and Villages had not lost at least one of their sons that day. 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 over the top at Gallipoli.

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