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JAMES THOMAS REDPATH 2/LIEUTENANT, 1/KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS Eldest son of the late James Alexander Redpath of the Northumberland Constabulary. James was born at Heddon-on-the-Wall Northumberland, on 15th July 1887. Educated at Morpeth, he enlisted in February 1903 and was promoted Sergeant in 1906, and was given a commission 11 February 1915. He served in Egypt and India, and with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force with which he took part in the landing at the Dardanelles on the 25th April, and was killed in action at Y Beach the following day. (For a full account of the events at Y Beach see KOE, Archibald). A commanding officer wrote: His was a promising young life cut down. He had the brains and ability to rise to anything he wished A comrade wrote: He was one of the best and died like a soldier. Twice he was wounded, had his wounds dressed and returned to the firing line between the time of the landing on Y Beach on 25th April and 26th April, when he was killed gallantly leading his men. He behaved most coolly and well all through.” He was for two years running the Battalion best shot, and held certificates for efficiency; took a keen interest in shooting, and hunting big game. He married in 1911 and had two young children.
Family :Son of James and Hannah Redpath, of Hexham, Northumberland; husband of Agnes McMillan Macdonald Redpath, of 16, Comely Bank, Edinburgh.
Action : Gallipoli
The Gallipoli Campaign was fought on the Gallipoli peninsula 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916. in a failed attempt to defeat Turkey by seizing the Dardanelles and capturing Istanbul. Ill-conceived and planned, the initial effort by the Royal Navy failed to force passage through the Dardanelles by sea power alone. It was then realised that a land force was needed to support the project by suppressing the Turkish mobile artillery batteries. By the time all was ready the Turks were well aware and well prepared. Despite amazing heroics on the day of the landings only minor beachheads were achieved and over the succeeding 8 months little progress was made. Eventually the beachheads were evacuated in a series of successful ruses.
Despite Gallipoli rightly becoming a national source of pride to Australians and New Zealanders, far more British casualties were sustained, and these days the substantial French contribution is almost forgotten.
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The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford University Press
- Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England