Private William Darling

Private William Darling, 1st/4th ( Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He was the son of William and Betsy Darling of the Ormiston Institute, Melrose and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. 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 who commenced the attack. His brother David also fell ( see above). The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows Borderers going over the top at Gallipoli.

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