McRAE, Rae
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Date 23 October 1882 Place of Birth

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Post-war Occupations

Medical doctor


Date 10 February 1927 Age 44 years
Place of Death Napier
Memorial or Cemetery Park Island Cemetery, Napier
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Rae McRae was the son of John Stevenson McRae and his first wife, Jane née Morrison. Jane died in 1885 in Dunedin, following the birth of their daughter Muriel. Both Jane and Muriel are buried in the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin. John Steveson McRae married again in 1888 in Dunedin, to Mary Christie. Young Rae was attending Kaikorai School, Dunedin, in 1891, when he came first in General Proficiency iand first i arithmetic for Standard II. Rae transferred from Lyndon School to Timaru Main School in 1892, leaving in 1897 for Timaru Boys' High School. In 1902 he scored a second class pass in organic chemistry at Otago University. From there he went to Aberdeen University. His father was a native of Aberdeenshire. In 1908 he passed his final examination in medicine and surgery. By 1911 he was a medical practitioner boarding in London.

A letter was received on Thursday from Surgeon-captain Rae M’Rae (son of Mr J. M’Rae), an old Timaru boy, who is engaged in a casualty clearing station behind the firing line “somewhere in France.” Great activity in the C.C.S. was going on as orders had been received to get ready at once to accommodate 1000 patients. This letter was written early in June. (Otago Witness. 26 July 1916).

Rae McRae returned to New Zealand, via sydney in 1921, after “brilliant war service”, and settled in Napier where he continued to practise medicine. He married Alice Hall in 1922. Rae McRae, M.D.,died on 10 February 1927, aged 44 years, and was buried in the RSA section of Park Island Cemetery, Napier. Probate of his effects in England was granted to his wife - £1412.10s. His wife Alice died more than 21 years later.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 January 2020]; Otago Daily Times, 16 December 1891, Lyttelton Times, 22 May 1908, Otago Witness, 26 July 1916, Evening Post, 10 February 1927, Auckland Star, 11 February 1927 (Papers Past) [January 2020; 28 January 2020; 1911 UK census ( [26 January 2020]; School Admission record; Park Island Cemetery headstone transcription [26 January 2020]; England Probate Index ( [26 January 2020]

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