World War One Remembered: Alexander (Sandy) Galloway

Posted: 07/08/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded member Bruce Galloway shares the story of his father who served in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers:

“Born at Minto, near Hawick my father, at the age of 18 he joined the army at Berwick-on -Tweed, into the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment. From there, it is believed that he was one of large contingent of troops, bound for Liverpool, to join a troopship, bound for the Crimean.

“At no time do I ever recall him relating his experiences to me of his wartime service. so, at this stage (with grateful assistance from the Military Archivist at Berwick Museum) I am presuming that he was a passenger on one of the troop trains bound for Liverpool, when the disastrous rail crash occurred at/near Gretna Green, resulting in the deaths of so many Royal Scots soldiers.

“This photograph was published in a 1915 edition of the London Illustrated News depicting life in the trenches (Crimea), and one soldier (my father) was recognised by his mother back in Minto. Records, apparently, indicate that his company lost a high majority of its members in that fruitless battle.