Private William Turnbull

Private William Turnbull, 1st/4th ( Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died at Gallipoli on 15th July 1915, aged 29, of wounds received in the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah on 12th July 1915. He was the son of James and Mary Turnbull of Lindean, Earlston and is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. His Headstone is inscribed ” Greater Love Hath No Man Than This St. John XV.13 “.He had worked as a railway carrier and left a wife and two children. 12th July became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” because at evening roll call only 70 unwounded men answered out of the over 700 Officers and Men who had began the attack. The first contemporary photograph 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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