Private William Brockie

Private William Russell Brockie, 1st/4th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Palestine on 19th April 1917, aged 22, during the Second Battle of Gaza. He was the son of Robert and the late Jemima Brockie and he had been living in Morebattle when he enlisted in November 1914. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem War Memorial. He fell in the heroic but ultimate unsuccessful assault on the Turkish positions on “Outpost Hill” which cost the Battalion 6 Officers and 44 Other Ranks killed or missing and 9 Officers and 152 Other Ranks wounded. ( Another Brockie, Private Walter Brockie from Selkirk was wounded and captured by the Turks in the same attack).

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