Private William Webb

Private William Webb, 1st/4th ( Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 31, during the “Charge” on the Turkish Trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He was the son of Adam and Margaret Webb of St Dunstan’s Place, Melrose and the husband of Helen Webb of Buccleugh House, Melrose. Before mobilising he had worked as a tailor in Melrose and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. This day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as out of over 700 Officers and Other Ranks who had begun the attack only 70 unwounded men answered Roll Call that evening. The photo shows Achi Baba, the objective, marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photo shows Borderers going over the top at Gallipoli and the thirs shows the battlefield in 1922.

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