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  cap badgeBombardier Archibald Rae DCM

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

Archibald  Rae  DCM grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Thomas Rae (07/08/1838-22/10/1911) previously married on the 21/12/1860 to Isabella Gilchrist Rae (Archibald's mother) and stepmother Christina Sorley Rae (03/07/1844-13/12/1921) of 103c Bank St, Coatbridge. Christina was previously married to Alexander Brown (06/08/1863). Archibald was the younger 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 Christina serving. Archibald left an undated Will leaving everything to his mother. From the 1881 Census - Address - Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge - Thomas Rae aged 42, Christina Rae aged 36, James Rae aged 20, half brother Robert Brown aged 17, half sister Christina Brown aged 13, Thomas Rae aged 12, half sister Jane Brown aged 11, half brother Alexander Brown aged 9, John Rae aged 6, Archibald Rae aged 3. From the 1891 Census - Address - 26 Brechin's Land, Coatbridge - Thomas Rae aged 52, Christina Rae aged 46, William Rae aged 25, Alexander Rae aged 19, John Rae aged 18, Archibald Rae aged 13, George Rae aged 9. Archibald's Pension was awarded to his stepmother Christina on the 08/05/1917

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 103c Bank St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action 24/10/1916




Regular Soldier.



Buried / Remembered

Auchonvillers Military Cemetery (II. I. 20), 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 Directory for Archibald's elder brother John's page. Archibald's Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at the See Newspaper clippings 2 and 3 for letters to Archibald's mother from 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 Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for Archibald's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 3, his name on the 1911 England Census when serving with the 4th Depot Royal Field Artillery in Fareham, Hampshire, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, the Royal Field Artillery Cap Badge and Archibald's Pension Records x 2. His grave inscription reads "IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY DEAR SON BY HIS WIDOWED MOTHER".

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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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