Private James Deans

Private James Deans, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 19, on 12th July 1915 during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Westruther and was the son of David Deans of Greenknowe, Gordon and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before enlisting he had been employed at Chapel Farm, Lilliesleaf. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as only 70 unwounded men answered Roll Call that evening out of the 700 Officers and Men who had started the attack. The photo 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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