Private Henry Angus

Private Henry William Angus, 1st/4th (Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action, aged 19, at Gallipoli, on the 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish Trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Glasgow and was the son of William and Harriette Angus of Victoria Street, Galashiels. ( The family had moved from Glasgow to Gala in 1911). He had been a member of the Territorial K.O.S.B. and was mobilised with the Battalion in August 1914 going to Gallipoli in June 1915 as part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as out of the over 700 Officers and Other Ranks who began the attack only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call. The author’s Great Uncle Corporal Jim Murray from Coldstream was wounded and spent 6 weeks in hospital in Alexandria before returning to Gallipoli or “the Pen” as he called it. The first photo shows Achi Baba which was the objective of the attack. This” hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers “going over the top at Gallipoli and the third shows the battlefield in 1922.

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