Private William Turnbull

Private William Turnbull, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 4th June 1915, aged 33, during the Third Battle of Krithia. He had been born in Kelso and was the son of the late John and Isabella of Roxburgh Street, Kelso. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.  He had been a baker in Kelso before enlisting in the Gordon Highlanders in August 1914. He was discharged a month later for some reason but managed to re-enlist in the K.O.S.B.  The Battle was an attempt to cut the Peninsula in two but failed with heavy losses. The K.O.S.B. did make some slight gains but at heavy cost especially among Officers. The photo shows the Borderers attacking during the Battle.

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