Private Adam Telfer

Private Adam Smith Telfer, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 24, 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 was the son of William and Agnes Telfer of Edgerton Tofts.  That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as nearly every town and village had lost at least one of their sons. Out of 700 Officers and Other Ranks only 70 unwounded men answered Roll Call that evening. Colonel McNeile from Bowden and his Adjutant Captain Lang from Newstead were both posted missing presumed killed. The first photo shows Achi Baba, the ultimate objective, marked with a cross. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second shows Borderers attacking at Gallipoli and the third shows the battlefield in 1922.

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