Private Andrew Tait

Private Andrew Tait, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Palestine, aged 23, on 13th November 1917 and is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.  He had been born at Bunkle, Berwickshire  and was the son of Henry and Margaret Tait of Crailing Hall, Oxnam. He had enlisted with his brother Henry in December 1914. He fell in the capture of El Mughar which was taken after some ferocious hand to hand combat with the Turkish defenders. Hundreds of prisoners were taken together with artillery pieces and machine guns. This successful action cost the Battalion 4 Officers and 31 Other Ranks killed and 9 Officers and 138 Other Ranks wounded. The photographs show Borderers at Ramleh in late 1917.

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