Archibald  Rae  DCM likeness

Bombardier Archibald Rae DCM

Royal Field Artillery 811th Trench Mortar Battery
Service No: 12768

Archibald  Rae  DCM grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Thomas and Christina of 103c Bank St, Coatbridge. Brother of Stoker John Rae of the Royal Navy, `HMS Invincible` who Died on the 31/05/1916 at the Battle of Jutland 5 months before Archibald fell. Archibald had 2 other brothers serving at the time of his death, Thomas with the Gordon Highlanders and William with the Seaforth Highlanders. His younger brother George was a Hairdresser in Coatbridge. There were also 2 grandsons and 2 nephews of Thomas and Christina serving. Archibald left an undated Will leaving everything to his mother

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 103c Bank St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 24/10/1916

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Regular Soldier

Age

39

Buried / Remembered

Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

From the outbreak of the war to the summer of 1915, this part of the front was held by French troops, who began the military cemetery in June 1915. It continued to be used by Commonwealth field ambulances and fighting units, but burials practically ceased with the German withdrawal in February 1917. After the Armistice, 15 of the graves (Plot II, Row M, Graves 4-18) were brought in from scattered positions east of the cemetery. The cemetery now contains 528 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the French graves having been removed to other burial grounds.

Additional Information

Archibald was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in action the day before he was Killed. He died instantaneously whilst encouraging his men under heavy fire just over 2 weeks before the Armistice. Archibald was 19 years in the Army and was a lifelong Temperance Advocate and was decorated 13 times for his efforts in getting recruits to join the Good Templar Order in the Army. See newspaper clippings for letters to Archibalds mother from a E M Gifford and the Officer Commanding 2nd Lieutenant W H Brown. Also remembered on the Dundyvan Parish Church Roll of Honour with his brother John (see photos) and in the St Augustines Parish (book) Roll of Honour. His grave inscription reads " IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY DEAR SON BY HIS WIDOWED MOTHER "

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Comments
I am the family historian for the Rae branch of the family that emigrated to America. We thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
Michelle Kolbe, Peoria, Arizona, USA, 18/08/2019 2:43PM

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