Lance Sergeant Donald C McRae

30 Jun 1914 - 09 Feb 1983

  • Dutch Bronze Lion medal

Donald Craig McRae served with airborne forces during World War II and fought at Arnhem with the 4th Parachute Brigade Headquarters' Defence Platoon.

He was awarded a Dutch Bronze Lion as a result of his actions during the battle and the citation records:

"This NCO displayed great powers of leadership and was an example to all around him during the entire action at Arnhem from 20th to 25th September 1944. As commander of the remnants of the Brigade Defence Platoon, he was continually under heavy fire and he carried out his duties with great coolness. His personal gallantry was of a high order throughout. On 20 September [Date corrected] when no news had been received from the remnants of 10th Parachute Battalion and it was thought that they had been attacked and wiped out; this NCO led a patrol to the area previously occupied by 10th Parachute Battalion and returned with important information about the dispositions of the enemy. He displayed great courage and initiative in passing through the enemy lines and was instrumental in ensuring the safety of Brigade Headquarters. "



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OS Donald C McRae in Battle Dress

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