Private Walter Rae

Private Walter Scott Rae, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. he was killed in action, aged 31, in Belgium on the 19th August 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Cathcart, Lanarkshire in 1886 and was the son of the late Alexander Rare and Catherine Rae of 23 Dunsdale Road, Selkirk. He had originally enlisted in the 4th K.O.S.B. but had been transferred to the 1st Battalion. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Flanders, Belgium. The 18th/19th August saw the Battalion in action near the Hoegenacker Mill and ridge which was stormed and captured with over 300 prisoners and 60 machine guns taken . ( One of these guns is now held in the K.O.S.B. museum in Berwick barracks ). Casualties were 2 Officers and 21 Other Ranks killed and 3 Officers and 105 Other Ranks wounded. The photos show Allied troops during the final 100 days of the War.

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