Private Andrew Wright

Private Andrew Wright, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died on 20th October 1915, aged 19, of wounds suffered in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915. He had been born in Nenthorn to Andrew and Ellen Wright of Friars Hall, Gattonside and is buried in Edinburgh North Merchiston Cemetery. He had been wounded during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah and had been evacuated from the Peninsula to Stobhill Military Hospital in Glasgow. He was one of over 650 casualties suffered by the Battalion on that fateful day in July which became known as “The Black Day of the Borders”. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of their sons that day. The contemporary photograph shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “Hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photograph shows the Borderers going over the top at Gallipoli.

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