RAE, Alfred William
(Service number 20418)

Aliases Alf
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 20 May 1891 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin G. RAE (father), Naku, Hawera
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 16th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Date 21 August 1916
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion

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Military Awards

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 1 August 1917 Age 26 years
Place of Death Belgium
Cause Died of wounds
Memorial or Cemetery Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France
Memorial Reference I. V. 23
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Alfred William RAE (Alf) was born on 20 May 1891 at Geraldine, the son of George and Mary (nee STEVENS) RAE. He was baptized in the Geraldine Presbyterian Parish on 11 September 1891. In the mid 1890s the family moved to Tariki. Alfred was educated at the Waipuku Stratford School and the Eltham School, before working as a labourer at Stratford in his all too short life. Less than a year after embarkation, Alfred had died of wounds. His brother, Robert Ernest RAE, died of disease in 1918, and two cousins, Donald Alfred RAE and William John RAE, also died in World War I, Donald of wounds and John killed in action. Another brother, Francis Edward RAE (Frank), who was born at Tariki, also served in WWI and was seriously ill. And two ther cousins also served - Adam RAE and Bernard John (Bernie) RAE. Alfred and Ernest are remembered on their parents' headstone in the Hawera Cemetery.


Cenotaph Database [01 January 2015]; CWGC [03 January 2015]; North Otago Times, 15 August 1917, Otago Daily Times, 15 August 1917 (Papers Past) [03 January 2015]; Hawera Cemetery headstone transcription (, ex NZSG Cemetery Records) [03 January 2015]

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