Private Robert Grant

Private Robert Grant, “A”Coy. 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 24, during the ” Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He was the son of James and Margaret Grant of Byreholm, Newcastleton and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Newcastleton and had lived in and enlisted in Kelso. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call out of the over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of their sons . The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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