Private James Rafferty

Private James Rafferty, 8th ( Service ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 24, on 11th August 1915. He had been born in Glasgow to Hugh and Annie Rafferty of Tower Road, Melrose and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.He had been working in Newcastle and had enlisted there. He had landed with his Battalion at Suvla Bay and had fallen in the subsequent fighting for the Turkish positions on Scimitar Hill. The picture is an artist’s impression of the fighting around Scimitar Hill where much of the scrub caught fire and caused the death of many of the wounded who could not be brought back to British lines.

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