Private William Haig

Private William Haig, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 20, 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 John and Margaret Haig of 18 Castlegate, Jedburgh. Before enlisting he had worked as a ploughman. 12th July became known as the ” Black Day of the Borders” as out of the over 700 Officers and men who made 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 day. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. The first photo shows Achi Baba which was the ultimate objective of the attack. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured The second show Borderers going over the top at Gallipoli.

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