Private James Leitch

Private James Leitch, ” D”Company, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed at Gallipoli during the “Charge” on 12th July 1915  on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah, aged 24. He was the son of Matthew and Elizabeth Leitch of Longformacus and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoi, Turkey. ( “D” Coy. was based in Duns  with detachments at Greenlaw, Lauder and Earlston ). 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. Few Border towns and villages had not suffered loss that day. Both Colonel McNeile from Bowden and his Adjutant Captain Lang from Newstead were posted missing presumed killed. The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers going into the attack.

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