Thomas Bell Rae was the son of Andrew and Margaret Rae, of Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire. He enlisted in The King’s Own Scottish Borderers and volunteered for airborne forces.
Sergeant Rae successfully completed his glider training and was posted to C Company, 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).
Sgt Rae was killed in action on 21 September 1944, aged 25, and was given a field burial in the garden of the Dreyeroord Hotel, Van Dedemweg. He was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 5 September 1945.
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