Town ready to remember Gallipoli fallen

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WREATHS will be laid tomorrow (Tuesday) to commemorate a tragic day in Hawick’s history.

July 12 is known as Gallipoli Day, when on that date in 1915 more than 300 officers and men of the 1/4th (Borders) Battalion of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers were killed and over 200 wounded in a single action on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

The majority of those who perished that day from the KOSBs, in what was considered to be one of the Allies’ biggest disasters in World War One, were from Hawick.

To commemorate this tragic day in the town’s history, there will be two ceremonies, the first of which takes place at 7pm at the 1514 Memorial, where Callants Club president Robert Charters will lay the Callants Club wreath.

At 7.20pm, past-presidents and council members of the Callants Club will gather at the museum in Wilton Lodge Park. And along with representatives from the Honorary Provost’s Council, KOSB Association, British Legion and the Ex- Service Associations, a parade will be led by the piper and bugler to the war memorial where president Charters will lay a wreath on behalf of The Gallipoli Comrades.

A spokesperson told the Hawick News: “The public are very welcome to come along to the wreath-laying ceremonies to remember those who gave their lives so far from home.”

By the time the Gallipoli Campaign ended in January 1916, over 120,000 men had died. More than 80,000 Turkish soldiers and 44,000 British and French soldiers, including over 8,500 Australians. Among the dead were 2,721 New Zealanders, about a quarter of those who had landed on the peninsula.