Private Thomas Purves

Private Thomas Purves, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died on 14th July 1915 of wounds received in the “Charge” of 12th July 1915 on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah  at Gallipoli ,aged 19. He was the son of  Thomas Purves of Ayton Law and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Duns and had enlisted in Coldstream. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” because of the very heavy casualties in both Officers and men. Only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call out of the over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack. Both the Colonel and his Adjutant were 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 going into the attack at Gallipoli.

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