RAE, Donald Alfred
(Service number 7/891)

Aliases Don
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 30 June 1892 Place of Birth Peel Forest, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 22 December 1914 Age 22 yrs 6 mths
Address at Enlistment Lowcliffe, Hinds
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin James RAE (father), Peel Forest, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded in the shoulder & lung at the Dardanelles in August 1915.

Post-war Occupations


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.
Memorial Reference 72
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

Biographical Notes

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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