Private Robert Clapham

Corporal Robert Clapham, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah, aged 29. He was the son of James and Janet Liddel Clapham of High Street, Greenlaw and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, France. He was educated at the Berwickshire High School, Duns and is also commemorated on the Memorial Tablet placed in the new Berwickshire High School, Duns. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as only 70 unwounded men answered the roll call out of the over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of her sons. The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers going into the attack.

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