Private Adam Brydone

Private Adam Brydone, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 19, on the 12th July 1915 during the ” Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Selkirk in 1896 and was the son of James and Janet Brydone of Scott Crescent, Selkirk and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. That fateful day became known as the ” Black Day of the Borders” as out of the over 700 Officers and men who had begun the attack only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call. Few border towns and villages had not lost at least one of her sons that day. Both Colonel McNeile from Bowden and his Adjutant Captain Land from Newstead were posted missing presumed killed. The first photo shows the Borderers ” going over the top ” at Gallipoli and the second shows Achi Baba, the objective of the attack, marked with a cross.

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