John Knox Rae likeness

Stoker 1st Class John Knox Rae

Royal Navy 'HMS Invincible'
Service No: 290344

John Knox Rae grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Thomas and Christina Rae of 103c Bank St, Coatbridge. Johns 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 parents had 2 grandsons and 2 nephews also serving

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 103c Bank St, Coatbridge


Died 31/05/1916 at the Battle of Jutland


Coatbridge 1898


Regular Seaman / North British Iron Works



Buried / Remembered

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, 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. 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 Augustines Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for John's name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial x 2

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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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