RAE, Robert Ernest
(Service number 44415)

Aliases Ernest, Ern
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 21 November 1885 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs R. E. RAE (wife), Mangatoki, Taranaki
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 24th Reinforcements F Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Pakeha
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Regiment

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 April 1918 Age 32 years
Place of Death France
Cause Died of disease
Memorial or Cemetery Etaples Military cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Memorial Reference XXXIII. C. 9.
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Ernest RAE (known as Ernest or Ern) was born on 21 November 1885 at Geraldine, the eldest son of George and Mary (nee STEVENS) RAE. In the mid 1890s the family moved to Tariki. Ernest was educated at the Waipuku Stratford School and the Eltham School, before farming at Pihama and Mangatoki. Ern married Annie Pauline BARKLA on 22 December 1916 at the Knox Church in Eltham, just three months before he left for the Front. Less than a year after embarkation, Ernest had died of disease. After his death, his widow, Annie, qualified as a midwife in Wellington. In 1933 she married Albert KEMP and had one son. Ern's brother, Albert William RAE, died of wounds in 1917, 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. Ernest and Alfred are remembered on their parents' headstone in the Hawera Cemetery.


Cenotaph Database [01 January 2015]; CWGC [03 January 2015]; Hawera & Normanby Star, 15 March 1917, 2 April 1919, North Otago Times, 11 April 1918 (Papers Past) [03 January 2015]; Hawera Cemetery headstone transcription (, ex NZSG Cemetery Records) [03 January 2015]

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