Private Charles Keddie

Private Charles Hall Keddie, 1st/4th (Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 22, on the 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Peter and Eliza Keddie of 8 Ladhope Bank, Galashiels. He had been employed at the Waulkmillhead Mill in Galashiels when he enlisted in September 1914. He went to Gallipoli with his Battalion as part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division in June 1915. 12th July 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. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of their sons that fateful day. The first photo Shows Achi Baba the attack objective. 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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