Private Adam Gall

Private Adam Gall, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 18, on the 15th July 1915 during the ” Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Selkirk in 1897 and was the son of Margaret Gall of Scott’s Close, Selkirk. He was a Territorial and was mobilised with his Battalion in August 1914, going with the rest of the 52nd ( Lowland ) Division to Gallipoli in June 1915. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. That fateful day 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 day. Both Colonel McNeile from Bowden and his Adjutant Captain Lang from Newstead were both 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. The third shows the battlefield in 1922.

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