Private John Hogg

Private John Hogg, 1st/4th (Border) Battalion, Kings own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged,21, on the 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Mertoun, Berwickshire and was the son of Henry and Nicola Hogg of 276 Galapark Road, Galashiels. He was a promising Rugby player and a member of the 4th Territorial K.O.S.B. He was mobilised with the Battalion in August 1914 and went to Gallipoli in June 1915 as part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division. 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 mem answered evening roll call. The first photo shows Achi Baba 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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