Private James Mather

Private James Hogarth Mather, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Kelso, lived in Kelso and enlisted in the Town. That day became known as the ” Black Day of the Borders” due to the Battalion suffering over 600 casualties. Few Border towns or villages did not lose at least one of their sons. The contemporary photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photograph shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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