Mary Helen Rae Unknown date of birth - Died 23 October 1915 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number22/161 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankWW1 Staff Nurse AWMMNew Zealand Army Nursing Service AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Lay a poppy 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 Junction, Otago, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesRae's Junction, Otago, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistment Post war occupation Address before enlistmentUnknown Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMiss Robina Rae (sister), 35 Aldred Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 10 Jul 1915 Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number22/161 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 Unknown AWMMCanterbury, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Hospital Ship. No. 1, 1st Voyage from NZ AWMMVessel was Maheno AWMMNurse AWMM; New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps AWMM; Hospital Ship No 1, Maheno AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesAccidental Death, Cause of Death AWMMDrowned AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW1 Staff 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 sea, HT Marquette, Aegean Sea AWMM Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial nameMikra Memorial, Greece AWMMNurses' Memorial Chapel, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMMMemorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England 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=20803811Further ReferenceOther military personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=7880693Further ReferenceRogers, 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 ReferenceFamNet: The Family History Network record pagehttp://famnet.net.nz/login_pages/Cenotaph.aspx?Systemid=C12738Further 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.