Private Adam Telfer

Private Adam Smith Telfer, 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 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born at Fairloans, Oxnam and had enlisted in Jedburgh. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as nearly every town and village had lost at least one of her sons. Out of 700 attackers only 70 unwounded men answered Roll Call that evening. The first photo shows Achi Baba marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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