Private Robert Waldie

Private Robert Broomfield Waldie, “D” Coy., Wellington Regiment, new Zealand Infantry. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 35, on the 8th August 1915 during the attack on the Turkish positions on Chunuk Bair. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of Robert and the late Jane of Glencairn, Jedburgh.  He began work with the Royal Bank of Scotland before joining the Kings Own Scottish Borderers as a Regular in April 1900 and had served in the second Anglo Boer War before being discharged and returning to work for the Bank. After serving the Bank in Argentina he moved to New Zealand and was working as a farmhand when he enlisted in August 1914. He fell in the fierce fighting at Chunuk Bair which cost 650 casualties out of the 700 men who began the attack. He is commemorated on the Chunuck Bair ( New Zealand ) Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. The photo shows New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.

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