Private William Bookless

Private William Bookless, 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 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He is also commemorated on the Swinton War Memorial. He had been born in Swinton, enlisted in Chirnside and had resided in Reston. That day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” due to the very heavy casualties in Officers and men. Twenty Officers took part and seventeen became casualties including Colonel McNeile from Bowden and his Adjutant Captain Lang from Newstead both of whom were killed. 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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