Private James Anderson

Private James Anderson, 1/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. Before the war he was a gardener at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in the village of Roxburgh and had enlisted in Lauder. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as only 70 unwounded men answered Roll Call that evening out of over 700 Officers and men who had begun the “Charge”.  The contemporary photograph shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “Hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photo shows the Borderers going into action.

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