Legion d’honneur for Scots D-day veteran
A veteran of the Normandy landings is to receive France’s highest honour for his role in helping to liberate the country from German occupation.
Irvine Rae, 93, was originally due to be presented with the National Order of the Legion Honour (Legion d’honneur) at Edinburgh Castle in January along with nine men who took part in the D-day landings in France, but was unable to attend due to a broken hip.
However, the French Consulate has rearranged a special presentation ceremony for him to receive the honour at Leuchars military base in Fife on Thursday.
Emmanuel Cocher, the French consul general in Scotland, will present Mr Rae with the award at the ceremo- 0 Irvine Rae will attend a ceremony in Fife ny, which serving and former members of the Royal Engineers (his former regiment), local MP Stephen Gethins and family and friends are due to attend.
Mr Rae, who lives in Tayport, Fife, said: “To me it was just normal work in the course of military service for my country.”