Albert Norman RAE


RAE, Albert Norman

Service Numbers: 762, Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 29 August 1914, Original Member of the Battalion
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kilkenny, South Australia, 7 March 1896
Home Town: Kilkenny, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Kilkenny Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed In Action , Celtic Wood, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Croydon War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 762, 10th Infantry Battalion, Original Member of the Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 762, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 762, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
24 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 762, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
24 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 762, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
10 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 10th Infantry Battalion, Returned to the Battalion from wounded August 1916
10 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 10th Infantry Battalion
1 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion
8 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, Raid on Celtic Wood

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Second Lieutenant Albert Norman Rae, an original member of battalion, was with the battalion on the morning of the Gallipoli landing and remained in the firing line until evacuated to Egypt with Influenza in June. He returned to the battalion in August and after the evacuation of Gallipoli, returned to Egypt for further training before sailing for France in 1916. He was wounded at Pozières in July but rejoined the battalion as a corporal in early September 1916 and was promoted to sergeant in January the following year. Like Scott, he had come up through the ranks and although not commissioned until 1 October 1917 was an experienced leader and commander.  

He was identified as a raid officer in battalion’s Narrative of Operations 9 October as well as being named in the CO’s post raid report. He was recorded on the Field Return as killed on 8 October which is clearly an errror since the raid did not commence until 5.20 am on 9 October. His remains were recovered near the forming up point for the raid in September 1920.