Corporal William Hogg

Corporal William Hogg, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 28, during the “Charge ” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Galashiels in 1884 and was the son of Richard and Margaret Hogg and the husband of Barbara Hogg of 10 South Port, Selkirk and the father of three children. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before enlisting in August 1914 he had been employed as a mill worker. 12th July became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as at evening roll call only 70 unwounded men answered out of the over 700 Officers and Other Ranks who had begun the attack. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of their sons that fateful day. The first photo shows Achi Baba, the attack objective. This “hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photo shows the Borderers ” going over the top” at Gallipoli and the third shows the battlefield in 1922.

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