Callants Club to honour Gallipoli heroes

The Hawick plaque at the Helles War Memorial
The Hawick plaque at the Helles War Memorial

A delegation from Hawick Callants Club will visit Gallipoli next week to pay their respects to the Hawick men who were killed there during the First World War.

As part of the tour, which is being led by a historian from the Imperial War Museum, the party of 20 club members, wives and friends will visit the 11 known graves of Teri men at various cemeteries on the peninsula who made the ultimate sacrifice during one of the most disastrous British military campaigns in history.

Then, on July 12, the centenary of the assault on Achi-Baba, Callants Club president Frank Scott will lay a wreath at the Hawick plaque at the Helles War Memorial.

He told the Hawick News: “The losses at Gallipoli had a profound effect on the town, and over the last 100 years, the Callants Club has continued to pay tribute to that sacrifice. It will be an honour to visit the peninsula and pay our respects to those who did not return, on this, the centenary of the campaign.”

Meanwhile, the club will also continue its annual commemoration in Hawick on Sunday, July 12. At 1.15pm, members and service representatives will assemble at the 1514 memorial, where vice-president Bernie Armstrong, accompanied by Provost Stuart Marshall, will lay the club wreath at 1.30pm.

The party will then reassemble at the Wilton Lodge Park gates at 2pm for a piper-led parade to the war memorial, where the Saxhorn Band will play a selection of First World War songs – which will continue later at the Elliot Bandstand.

A service led by club chaplain, the Rev. Charles Finnie, at the war memorial at 2.10 pm will include the wreath-laying and the reading of the roll of honour of 120 fallen. Small crosses bearing the names of each of the men, inscribed by Burnfoot Community School’s primary six pupils, will be positioned around the memorial.

President Scott added: “I think arrangements made for this centenary year will be a fitting tribute to the many Hawick men who did not return, and I hope townsfolk will turn out to recognise the debt we all owe them.”