Private James Dickson

Private James Dickson, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in Palestine on 6th April 1917, aged 22. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Dickson of 100 Roxburgh Street, Kelso and is buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel. His Headstone is inscribed ” Until The Day Breaks And The Shadows Flee Away Rest Well Dear James From Father And Mother”. The Battalion were in trenches near Gaza at the time and the sector was fairly quiet. However the occasional Turkish shell came over and one of these killed Private Dickson and Private James Turnbull from Denholm. This incident is mentioned in Gavin Richardson’s excellent book ” After Gallipoli” which tells the story of the Battalion after Gallipoli up to the Armistice on 11th November 1918. The photographs show the Borderers in Palestine in 1917.

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