‘Wild spirits at Gallipoli’

I recently shared a film that I dedicated to Private George Scott, 1/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was born at Ellemshaugh in July 1893. He died on 17th July 1915 of wounds received in the “Charge” on Gallipoli on 12th July 1915 on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah, aged 22 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. Before the war he had worked with his father Adam Scott, as a farm labourer, after relocating from Ellemshaugh to Longformacus Mill (long since demolished).

George Scott was a noted local shot both with the rifle and shotgun.

I came across the above newspaper report from Gallipoli, written by serving Borders lads the week before George Scott was killed (the advert for ‘SANITAS’ was beside the boys words).

This was filmed on Monday 2nd March 2020 at Ellemhaugh, a charming but deserted cottage in the Scottish Borders.

Just for one day:

To play this film please click here or on the image above.

Ellemhaugh sits beside the river Whiteadder. There is no road or bridge to it.

This film is for George Scott who was born at Ellemhaugh in July 1893. He was killed in battle at Gallipoli on the 17th July 1915.

Music credit: Peter Gabriel performing his orchestral version of the David Bowie / Brian Eno classic ‘Heroes’, live in Verona, 2010:

After reaching Haddington, I took the B6355 from Gifford, a route south that I had not taken before. This high road led me to Ellemhaugh. [In the 18 miles travelling south by this road I encountered only two other vehicles, and both were tractors].

One Reply to “‘Wild spirits at Gallipoli’”

  1. Wonderful “longing-for-home” sentiments and his army unit’s name is fascinating. Thnx

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