Private Adam Quinn

Private Adam Blackie Quinn, “B” Coy. 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion ,Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12th July 1915, aged 22, during the “Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Swinton and was the son of Edward and Margaret Quinn of Whitelaws, Edrom, Whitesome Laws, Whitsome and Leetside, Chirnside and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. That fateful day became known as the “Black Day of the Borders” as only 70 unwounded men answered Roll Call that evening out of over 700 Officers and Other Ranks who started the attack. Few Border towns and villages had not lost at least one of their sons that day. The author’s Great Uncle Corporal Jim Murray was wounded that day but after treatment in Alexandria re-joined his comrades on the Peninsula six weeks later. The contemporary Photograph shows Achi Baba, the objective, marked with a cross. This “Hill” dominated the battlefield and was never captured. The second photo shows the Borderers going over the top into attack and the third shows the battlefield in 1922.

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