Lance Corporal John Rae

Lance Corporal John MacDougall Rae, 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in Belgium on 25th April 1918, aged 19. He was the son of James and Margaret MacDougall of Temple, St Boswells and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He had enlisted in March 1917 into the 55th Training Reserve Battalion, posted to the 4th Reserve Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers and from there to the Royal Scots. He fell in the fighting near Kemmel where the Battalion was cut off by the advancing Germans and fought to the last only a few men managing to cut their way through to the British lines. Casualties were over 580 Officers and Other Ranks. ( The C.W.G.C. site gives his rank as Private ).

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