Private George Hollands

Private George Hollands, 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 Jedburgh and was the son of Thomas and Christina Hollands of Canongate, Jedburgh. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.  That day became known as the ” Black Day of the Borders” as out of the over 700 Officers and Men who had begun the attack only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of their sons that fateful day. The first photo shows Achi Baba, the ultimate objective of the attack, marked with a “X” . This ” hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. the second shows the Borderers ” going over the top” at Gallipoli.

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