Private Robert Stavert

Private Robert Stavert,1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 19, during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He was the son of Mrs Stavert of 20 Woodmarket, Kelso and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. 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 over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack. 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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