Donald Mac (Don) RAE

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RAE, Donald Mac

Service Number: 4761
Enlisted: 28 December 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Coolamon, Riverina, New South Wales, Australia, 4 June 1896
Home Town: Glenorie, Hornsby Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Glenorie Public School & Middle Dural Public School, NSW
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness - Enteric Fever, Dumfries Infirmary, Scotland, 15 January 1919, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Dumfries Cemetery
Dumfries Cemetery (Plot A of B, Grave No. 289), Scotland
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World War 1 Service

28 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4761, 20th Infantry Battalion
13 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4761, 20th Infantry Battalion
13 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4761, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
26 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4761, 20th Infantry Battalion, SW to chest wall
12 Nov 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Light Trench Mortar Battery
12 Apr 1918: Imprisoned Pte Donald Mac Rae was repatriated & arrived in Hull, England on 11th December, 1918
15 Jan 1919: Involvement Private, SN 4761, 19th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement SN 4761, 5th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 15th January........Private Donald Mac Rae was born at Coolamon, NSW in 1896. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 28th December, 1915 as a 19 year old Labourer from Glenorie, NSW.

Private Rae was sent to England for further training & joined the 20th Battalion at the War Front on 7th October, 1916.
Private Rae was wounded in action in France on 26th February, 1917 then invalided to England where he was admitted to Middlesex War Hospital at Napsbury, England on 4th March, 1917 with shrapnel wounds to chest wall.

Private Rae was discharged to furlo on 1st June, 1917 then transferred to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 29th June, 1917. He rejoined 20th Battalion in France on 15th October, 1917.

Private Rae was transferred to 5th Light Trench Mortar Battery in France on 12th November, 1917. He was transferred to 19th Battalion on 13th January, 1918 but remained attached for duty with 5th Light Trench Mortar Battery.

Private Rae was reported as missing in action in France on 12th April, 1918. A Court of Enquiry was held on 23rd April, 1918 he was listed as “Missing, believed prisoner of War 12/4/18.”

Private Donald Mac Rae was repatriated & arrived in Hull, England on 11th December, 1918. He was granted leave from 13th December, 1918 & was to report to Headquarters on 15th January, 1919.
Private Donald Mac Rae died at 6.45 pm on 15th January, 1919 at Dumfries Infirmary, Scotland from Enteric Fever (14 days). He was buried in Dumfries Cemetery, Dumfries, Scotland where 1 other WW1 Australian is buried.
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