Private David Gilday

Private David Archibald Gilday, 1st/4th (Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles, Territorial ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in Palestine, aged 25, on the 12th November 1917. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Patrick and Mary Gilday of 2 Wardlaugh Terrace, Edinburgh. His brother Hugh lived in Galashiels. He had been employed as a rubber worker when he enlisted in April 1916 joining his Battalion in Egypt in October 1916. The Battalion was part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division) and was in action near El Mughar against the Turkish positions at this time. The Battalion was aided by a Gurkha Battalion and he fell in the attack on and capture of the Turkish positions at Burkah and Brown Hill which cost the Battalion 3 Officers and 49 Other Ranks killed and 4 Officers and 157 Other Ranks wounded.

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