Mary Helen Rae Unknown date of birth - 23 October 1915 Key details Contribute › Service number22/161 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeWW1 AWMMStaff Nurse AWMMNew Zealand Army Nursing Service AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright res … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesMary Helen AWMM SurnameRae AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number22/161 AWMM GenderFemale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Report › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birthRaes JunctionOtagoNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesRae's JunctionOtagoNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMChristchurchNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMiss Robina Rae (sister)35 Aldred StreetChristchurchNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 10 July 1915 AWMMSingle AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number22/161 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 AWMMUnknown AWMMCanterburyNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM10 July 1915 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMHospital Ship. No. 1, 1st Voyage from NZ AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMDepart - 10 Jul 1915 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM10 July 1915 AWMMHospital Ship No 1, Maheno AWMMNew Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps AWMMMaheno AWMMNurse AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesAccidental DeathCause of Death AWMMDrowned AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW1 AWMMStaff Nurse AWMMNew Zealand Army Nursing Service AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Mary Rae was the sister of Miss Robina Rae, of 25 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch.Mary Rae was one of the New Zealand nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915.The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonica Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles. The Transport Ship Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy on 22 October and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she had sunk. Nurses lost their lives in the evacuation as lifeboats tipped over as they were lowered into the sea, some boats falling on others, with some being left on the ship and going down with her. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death36 AWMM Date of death23 October 1915 AWMM Cause of deathAccidental Death AWMM Place of deathAegean Sea AWMM Death notesLost at seaHT MarquetteAegean Sea AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameMikra MemorialGreece AWMMNurses' Memorial ChapelRiccarton AvenueChristchurchNew Zealand AWMMMemorial windowFive Sisters Windownorth transeptYork MinsterYorkEngland AWMMLinwood Cemetery, Butterfield Ave, Christchurch, NZ Public - Alexandra - Researcher - 21 February 2015 - Grave plot and headstone Memorial referenceBlock 28, Plot 83 Public - Alexandra - Researcher - 21 February 2015 - Grave plot and headstone Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Mary Helen Rae by laying a poppy. Lionel Keith Rae Marjorie Ellen Rae Mary Helen Rae Neil Percy Rae Nelson Rae Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Mary Helen Rae Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=20803811Archives NZOther military personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=7880693Archives NZRogers, A. (2006, 27 October). In Loving Memory: The Nurses’ Memorial Chapel, Christchurch, New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal. Vol 119, no. 1244.http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1244/2292/Further ReferenceNew Zealand Military Nursing: New Zealand Army Nursing Service - Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps.http://www.nzans.org/index.htmFurther ReferenceYork Minster, Five Sisters Window. In memory of overseas nurses. (1925, 3 July). Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, p. 140.http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=KT19250701.2.44&srposFurther Reference DocumentsNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMVol1: 600 AWMMNew Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMMService Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.