Private William Bookless

Private William Bookless, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on Gallipoli, on 12th July 1915 during the “Charge”  on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah and is commemorated on thr Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was living in Auchencrow but was a native of Swinton where his mother and father still lived. Before enlisting in December 1914 he had been a rabbit catcher and mole trapper in the district and he left a widow, Lizzie and two daughters, Jean and Mary. His brother John was serving in the 2nd/4th K.O.S.B at the time but later  died from wounds in 1918 serving with the Scottish Rifles. He is also commemorated on the Houndwood Memorial. The first picture shows Achi Baba, a “hill” marked with a cross which dominated the battlefield but was never captured. The second shows the Borderers going into the attack.

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