Private James Shiel

Private James Shiel, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action, aged 18, at Gallipoli during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Melrose to Mary and the late James Shiel of Dingleton, Melrose and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before enlisting in October 1914 he had been employed as a gardener. He fell in what became known as the “Black Day Of The Borders”. Out of over 700 Officers and Men who took part only 70 unwounded men answered the Roll Call that evening. Few towns and villages had not lost at least one or more of her sons. The first photograph shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows The Borderers going over the top at Gallipoli.

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