Private George Hope

Private George Hope, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Palestine during the second Battle of Gaza on 19th April 1917, aged 20. He was the son of David and Margaret Hope of  Smailholm Mains near Kelso and of Newton, Jedburgh and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. He fell in the attack on” Outpost Hill” gallantly led by Major Wattie Forrest of Kelso where the Battalion lost 6 Officers and 42 Other Ranks killed and 9 Officers and 152 Other Ranks wounded. The Turkish redoubt was captured but with too few men to hold it and with ammunition running low the gains had to be relinquished in the face of fierce Turkish counter attacks. Major Forrest was mortally wounded on the Redoubt parapet. The photographs show Borderers in Palestine in 1917.

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