Private James Murray

Private James Murray, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died of wounds at Gallipoli on the 21st June 1915 aged 21. He was the son of William and Betsy Murray of 20 Ashybank and 11 Elm Row, Selkirk and is buried at Skew Bridge, Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey where his Headstone is inscribed ” Sadly Missed”. Before enlisting he had been employed at Sim’s Heather Mill, Selkirk and he was the first Selkirk Territorial to Die in the War. The Battalion as part of thec52nd ( Lowland ) Division had landed at Gallipoli on the 14th June and were initially employed in digging trenches and in the first 4 days had 17 men wounded by sniping and sporadic Turkish shelling. The photograph shows the Borderers ” going over the top” at Gallipoli. ( The authors Great Uncle also called James Murray was wounded later during the ” Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah on the 12th July ). The other photos show the Borderers on Gallipoli.

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