The Border Barricade was an impressive wall built of stone and concrete. It was the furthest held point in the Allied line, although attacks and sorties were made further forwards, particularly up the western 'nullah' branch of the ravine. Border Barricade was established during the battle of Gully Ravine in late June and early July 1915 by the 1st Border Regiment, hence its name. This battalion of the border men of Cumberland and Westmorland was responsible for the advance in the gully itself, and also for the initial attacks on the Boomerang Redoubt and Turkey Trench.
It is a sobering moment to step over the barricade and to realise that you are now walking, quite safely, into the Turkish lines, in a way that British troops could not have done in 1915.
References / notes
- Information: Andy Crooks, 2008.
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