Private Andrew Hendry

Private Andrew Hendry, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action, aged 23, at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He was a battalion Piper and was the son of the late William and Mary Hendry and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Greenlaw and was the son of William and Mary Hendry of The Girrick , Nenthorn, Kelso. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as at evening roll call only 70 unwounded men answered out of the 700 Officers and Other Ranks who had begun the assault. Few Border Towns and Villages had not lost at least on of her sons.  The author’s Great Uncle Corporal Jim Murray was wounded and spent six weeks in hospital in Alexandria before returning to Gallipoli or “the Pen” as he called it. The contemporary photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photo shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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