James Rae

First Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Rae
Mother's Name: 
Effie Rae nee McGarry
Father's Name: 
Andrew Rae
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, November 16, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Corporal
Unit: 
Australian Army Medical Corps
Awards: 
British War Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, November 19, 1934
Place of Death: 
Cessnock, N.S.W.
Details: 

James Rae (Service No 5894) was born in Balgownie, N.S.W. in 1900.

At enlistment James claimed to be single, a butcher, and 18 years of age when in fact he was no older than 16.  A permissaion note from James' parents is among James papers and he served with his father, Andrew (Service No 5893) in Australia and England.  James also claimed to have served in the Cadets and Militia.

Like his father, James was a member of the Camp Band with whom he played the cornet.

He appears to have embarked from Sydney with his father, on HMAT A40 Ceramic with the 16th Reinforcements, 20th Battalion on 7th October 1916.

James saw service in England and was posted to the Medical Corps.

He returned to Australia as a Corporal in January 1919 and was discharged on 1st April 1919.

In 1920 he married Doris Butler at Rockdale, Sydney, and they had 3 children.

James died at the age of 34 at Cessnock. His service is commemorated on the Balgownie War Memorial 1914-1918.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, RAE JAMES

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