Private Robert Chisholm

Private Robert Chisholm, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 21, on the 12th July 1915 during the ” Charge “on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Selkirk in 1894 and was the son of Peter and Jane Chisholm of 24 South Port, Selkirk. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been employed as a mill worker when he joined the Territorial K.O.S.B.  in March 1913 and was mobilised with them in August 1914. 12th July became known as the ” Black Day of the Borders” as at evening roll call only 70 unwounded men answered of 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 her sons that fateful day. ( He was the brother of Andrew- see above ) The first photo shows the objective of the attack, 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 and the third shows the battlefield in 1922.

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