McRAE, Ernest Duncan
(Service number 9/327)
|First Rank||Sergeant||Last Rank|
|Date||Unknown||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||207 Spey Street, Invercargill, New Zealand|
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|Next of Kin||John W. McRae, Hokonui, Southland, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Otago Mounted Rifles|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay|
|Embarked From||Port Chalmers, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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"My grandfather was E.D. McRae (Ernest Duncan). I will send you a little bit more of the details about his war history after I have been home.
He was born at Browns in Southland and raised in the Hokonui district (a McRae stronghold). When he returned from war he settled in Timaru and began a partnership with Mr England, and they had England McRaes hardware store in Stafford street (where Postie Plus is now).
When the Second World War was on, he was the leader, or one of the leaders of the Timaru Home Guard. One day I looked up your records at the museum and found quite a good piece about a rally for the Home Guard and the speech he gave." (Email from Rebecca O'Toole to Tony Rippin, 5 August 2014)
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