Club’s Gallipoli homage

Provost Stuart Marshall and Callants Club president Derrick Tait led the commemorations
Provost Stuart Marshall and Callants Club president Derrick Tait led the commemorations
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The Callants Club has continued the custom of paying its respects to the estimated 60 Hawick men who lost their lives at Gallipoli in 1915.

The club has remembered the soldiers of the 1/4th (Borders) Battalion of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers on July 12 every year since 1916, and Saturday’s ceremonies were held at the the Horse and the war memorial in Wilton Lodge Park.

Club president Derrick Tait said: “This is a ceremony which is unique to the Borders, if not Scotland. The attack at Gallipoli impacted and left a lasting legacy on the whole community, and it is only fitting that we continue to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Joined by Provost Stuart Marshall and members of local ex-service associations, Mr Tait laid the first wreath at 7pm, with Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ recited by club member, Ex-Cornet and former Blues and Royals serviceman, Rory Culton.

At the park, a piper led the march, and Mr Tait laid the second wreath, on behalf of the Gallipoli Comrades’ Association. The lament ‘Flowers of the Forest’ and sounding of ‘The Last Post’ were played before a minute’s silence was observed.