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John  Rae 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 (John's mother) and stepmother Christina Rae (03/07/1844- ) of 103c Bank St, Coatbridge. Christina was previously married to Alexander Brown (06/08/1863). John's younger brother Bombardier Archibald Rae DCM of the Royal Field Artillery was Killed in Action on the 24/10/1916, 5 months after he fell. He 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. His mother had 2 grandsons and 2 nephews also serving. From the 1881 Census - Address - Dundyvan Rd Walkers Land, Coatbridge - Thomas Rae aged 42, Christina S 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, boarders Charles Henry Hocker aged 39, his wife Ellen Hocker aged 30, their daughter Winifred M Hocker aged 2. John's Pension was awarded to his stepmother Christina.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 103c Bank St, Coatbridge


Died 31/05/1916 at the Battle of Jutland


Coatbridge 1898


Regular Seaman / North British Iron Works / Iron Heater when he was 18


41 / DOB - 31/10/1874

Buried / Remembered

Portsmouth Naval Memorial (19), England

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Standing on Southsea Common overlooking the promenade in Portsmouth, Hampshire, is the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. It commemorates nearly 10,000 naval personnel of the First World War and almost 15,000 of the Second World War who were lost or buried at sea. Among those commemorated at Portsmouth are most of the crew of HMS Bulwark, who died in 1914, and 127 men who lost their lives when the mine layer HMS Princess Irene exploded while anchored near Sheerness on 27 May 1915.

Additional Information

John was on board the battle cruiser "Invincible" at the Battle of Jutland. It was hit by a German shell which pierced the gun turret and ignited the magazine below. The ship split in half and sank in 90 seconds killing all but 6 of her 1031 crew including the Vice-Admiral commanding her. John was previously involved in victories at Heligoland on the 26/08/1914 and the Falkland Islands on the 08/12/1914. See Directory for John's younger brother Archibald's page. Many thanks to my friend Dom for a photo (1) of John's name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Also remembered on the Dundyvan Parish Church Roll of Honour (see photos) and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for John's Newspaper clippings x 3, his name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial x 2, his Royal Navy Register of Seaman's Services, his Naval Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Portsmouth Memorial Panel List, John's Pension Records x 2 and the Royal Navy Stoker 1st Class arm badge.

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I am the family historian for the Rae Family line that emigrated to America. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
Michelle Kolbe, Peoria, Arizona, USA, 18/08/2019 2:55PM

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