RAE, Donald Alfred
(Service number 7/891)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||30 June 1892||Place of Birth||Peel Forest, South Canterbury|
|Date||22 December 1914||Age||22 yrs 6 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Lowcliffe, Hinds|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||James RAE (father), Peel Forest, South Canterbury|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||3rd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||14 February 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded in the shoulder & lung at the Dardanelles in August 1915.
|Date||28 August 1915||Age||23 yrs|
|Place of Death||At sea, HMHS Maheno, ex Gallipoli|
|Cause||Died of wounds|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Buried at sea. Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey. Memorial stone at Church of the Holy Innocents, Mount Peel.|
|New Zealand Memorials||Memorial wall, Timaru; Peel Forest War Memorial; Geraldine War Memorial; St Mary's Anglican Church, Geraldine; Ashburton War Memorial; Coldstream Lowcliffe Memorial Hall Memorial|
Donald Alfred RAE was born on 30 June 1892 at Peel Forest, a son of James and Eliza (nee GRIFFIN) RAE, of Peel Forest, Canterbury. Donald worked on Mesopotamia Station. Like his Scottish forefathers, he was of good shepherd stock. When he went away to serve his country, a fit young man just 22 years old, he disembarked in Suez on 27 March 1915; landed at Gallipoli on 1 May 1915. on 23 August 1915 he was posted to the 8th Squadron, Canterbury Mounted Rifles. Five days later he had died of wounds. His brother William John (John) RAE was killed in action on 7 May 1917. Seven RAE nephews from one family served in WWII. Donald's father, James RAE, died in November 1915, after which his mother, Eliza, became his next-of-kin and the one to whom his medals, plaque and scroll would be sent. In his short will drafted at the time of enlisting, Donald entrusted his affairs to an older brother, James Martin RAE, and instructed that the residue of his estate be divided between his parents. In addition to local memorials which recognise his roots and upbringing, Donald is remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial and the Lowclffe Memorial, marking the place where he was working, quite possibly like several others on the Lowcliffe Estate.
Cenotaph Database [12 August 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5550 0095575) [27 July 2014]; Personal family information; memorial stone image, Churc of the Holy Innocents (Find A Grave) [12 August 2013]; CWGC [03 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 23 September 1915 (Papers Past) [03 April 2014]; Lowcliffe Memorial (Ashburton District Family History Group, August-Sept 2014 newsletter) [01 August 2014]
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