Private James Kerr

Private James Kerr, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 27 during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He was the son of William and Charlotte Kerr of Yetholm Mains, Kelso and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Swinton, Berwickshire and had lived in and enlisted in Kelso. His photograph indicates that he was a Battalion piper. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as at evening Roll Call only 70 unwounded men answered out of the 700 Officers and men who had begun the “Charge”. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of her sons. The contemporary photo shows Achi Baba  marked with a cross. This “Hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photo shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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