A Gallipoli 100 Service is being held in Duns Parish Church on Sunday, April 26, at 11am, led by the Lowland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Very Reverend Dr James Harkness, previous Chaplain of KOSB, and Chaplain General and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will attend.
The service will commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign of 100 years ago, and in particular the part played by 4th (Border) Bn KOSB, the local TA unit.
Duns Parish Church has a strong KOSB connection - the colours of the 1st Battalion from 1975 to 1996 are laid up in the church, and in 2005 a KOSB stained glass window was installed in the church in memory of Lt. Col, Peter B Gow, an elder of Duns Parish Church.
The Colours are accompanied by a plaque which says: “The Queen’s Colour and the Regimental Colour are those of 1st Battalion the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
Presented in Berlin on 28th February 1976 by the Colonel in Chief, HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and laid up here 20th October 1996 during the ministry of The Reverend Hugh Mackay.”
The stained glass window, designed and made by Douglas Hogg of Gordon, has two panels, the left one depicting the Regimental badge surrounded by the dicing worn on their Glengarry cap.
Above is the dove representing the Holy Spirit. Between the panels is a pillar, uniting the two and recalling the Regimental motto - ‘Nisi Dominus Frustra’ (‘He that builds without the Lord buildeth in vain’).
The right panel also has the dove, and the White Horse of Hanover and the Sphinx, both granted to the regiment to be carried on the Colours to commemorate battles and roses recalling the regiment’s role in the Battle of Minden.
Below, and stretching across the whole window, is a representation of the River Tweed, with the Eildon Hills beyond, and also represented at the foot of each panel is the Roman numeral XXV, a reminder that the KOSB are the 25th Regiment of Foot.