Private George Kerr

Private George Kerr, 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, aged 19. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Kerr of Kelloe Smithy, Duns and is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was educated at Edrom school and on leaving he became a joiner like his father. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as out of the over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call. 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.

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