Private William Schooler

Private William Howie Schooler, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed at Gallipoli during the” Charge”  on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah on 12th July 1915 aged 24. He was the son of John and Isabella Schooler of Paxton and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before the war he had worked with his father as a joiner and he had enlisted together with John Henry in December 1914. He had been born in Spittal and had enlisted in Ayton. On that fateful day only 70 unwounded men answered the roll call that evening out of over 700 Officers and Men who had begun the attack. The day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as nearly every town and village had 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 going over the top at Gallipoli.

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