Private Joseph Wilson

Private Joseph Wilson, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 23, during the ” Charge ” on the three lines of Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had been born in Carham, Northumberland and had enlisted in Galashiels. Before enlisting he had been employed as a cattleman. The photograph shows the Objective of Achi Baba which is marked with a cross. It looks very insignificant but it commanded all the flat ground around. That fateful day became known as “The Black Day of the Borders” because at nightfall only 70 unwounded men answered roll call out of the 700 attackers. Few towns and villages had not lost at least one of her sons. The second photo shows the Borderers attacking at Gallipoli.

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This report is from Joseph Wilson Niece

Jo-an Renton (nee Wilson)

Wilson Joseph Private 7432 1/4 K.O.S.B. Died 12/07/1915 aged 23 years, of War Wounds received Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey. Joseph was Born at Carham, Northumberland, England in 1892. He was the son of Mr Joseph & Mrs Margaret Wilson, New Smailholm, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Joseph is buried at Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. One of the 42 Soldiers from the Kelso area who lost their lives on 12 July 1915. He is commemorated on Smailholm, Kelso,and Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

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