Tom Rennie

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Tom Rennie
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Born 3 January 1900
Died 24 March 1945
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1918-1945
Rank Major-General
Commands held 5th Bn Black Watch
154th Brigade
3rd Division
51st (Highland) Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Member of the Order of the British Empire

Major General Thomas Gordon Rennie CB DSO MBE (3 January 1900 – 24 March 1945) was a British Army officer who commanded 3rd Infantry Division and was later killed-in-action.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Loretto School and the Royal Military College Sandhurst, Rennie was commissioned into the Black Watch in 1918.[1] He served in World War II being taken prisoner at Saint-Valery-en-Caux and then escaping nine days later.[1] He was made Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion of the Black Watch in 1942, leading the battalion at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942,[2] and then becoming Commander of the 154th Brigade[1] and leading that formation for the allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943.[2]

In December 1943 he was appointed General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in which role he took part in the Normandy landings in June 1944.[1] He was then made General Officer Commanding 51st (Highland) Division but in March 1945, after crossing the Rhine, he was killed by mortar fire.[1]

He is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.[3]

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Military offices
Preceded by
William Ramsden
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
1943–1944
Succeeded by
Lashmer Whistler