Private Charles Brodie

Private Charles Brodie, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died at sea from wounds on the 19th July 1915 aged 34. He had been born in Selkirk in 1881 and was the son of Janet and the late Robert Brodie of 15 Ettrick Road, Selkirk. He was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before enlisting he had been employed as a wool sorter at Forest Mill, Selkirk and was a keen sportsman interested in athletics, rugby, football and cricket. He was wounded on the 12th July 1915 during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. where the Borderers suffered very heavy casualties. 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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