Private James Brunton

Private James Brunton, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died in hospital in Alexandria in Egypt, aged 24, on 17th July 1915 of wounds received in action during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah, Gallipoli on 12th July 1915. He was the son of Thomas and Mary J. Brunton of Haymount, Kelso and had been born in Galashiels. He is buried in Alexandria ( Chatby ) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. Alexandria, Egypt and his headstone is inscribed ” Gone But Not Forgotten”. (The author’s Great Uncle Corporal James Murray was also wounded and sent to Alexandria to recover. Six weeks later he was sent back to Gallipoli ). The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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