Iain Colquhoun Muir was the son of William and Margaret Muir, of Muswell Hill, Middlesex. He volunteered for Airborne forces.
Captain Muir successfully completed his Glider Pilot training and was posted to D Squadron, 1st Wing, Glider Pilot Regiment, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).
Capt Muir and others were taken POW in the Wolfheze area on 20 September 1944 and formed up in lines by their captors. Suddenly a shot rang out, and the captain fell dead, aged 22. Apparently a ‘trigger happy’ German had mistaken the prisoners for active troops, and had opened fire (Battle of Arnhem Roll of Honour, 5th revised edition, 2011).
Capt Muir was buried by local Air Raid Wardens in the Renkum Communal Cemetery, and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 24 August 1945.
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