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Mary Helen Rae

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  • Service number
    22/161 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Staff Nurse AWMM
    New Zealand Army Nursing Service AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright res … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mary Helen AWMM
  • Surname
    Rae AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    22/161 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Raes Junction, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Rae's Junction, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss Robina Rae (sister), 35 Aldred Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 Jul 1915 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    22/161 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Hospital Ship. No. 1, 1st Voyage from NZ AWMM
    Vessel was Maheno AWMM
    Nurse AWMM
    New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps AWMM
    Hospital Ship No 1, Maheno AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Drowned AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Staff Nurse AWMM
    New Zealand Army Nursing Service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

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  • Age at death
    35 AWMM
  • Date of death
    23 October 1915 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Accidental Death AWMM
  • Place of death
    Aegean Sea AWMM
  • Death notes
    Lost at sea, HT Marquette, Aegean Sea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Mikra Memorial, Greece AWMM
    • Nurses' Memorial Chapel, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England AWMM
    • Linwood Cemetery, Butterfield Ave, Christchurch, NZ Public - Alexandra - Researcher - 21 February 2015 - Grave plot and headstone
  • Memorial reference
    • Block 28, Plot 83 Public - Alexandra - Researcher - 21 February 2015 - Grave plot and headstone
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Sources

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  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 600 AWMM
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • Service 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
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM