Private William Scott

Private William Scott, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on Gallipoli, aged 21, on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge”  on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was the son of William and Phyllis Scott of Greenlaw and had enlisted in the Territorial Force in the Town. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as at evening roll call onlt 70 unwounded men answered 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 their sons that day. The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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