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Philip Felton McRae

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Philip Felton AWMM
  • Surname
    McRae AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 24/15 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1892 Public - Eunice Alice - Other relative - 21 April 2016 - family papers
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Wellsford, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hoteo North, Wellsford, North Auckland, New Zealand Public - Eunice Alice - Other relative - 21 April 2016 - family knowledge. He was my paternal grandmother's brother (Great Uncle).
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    George R. McRae (father), Wellsford, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Battle of Passchendaele AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24/15 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of George Richard and Mary Anne McRae, of Wellsford. Native of Tokomaru, Manawatu. New Zealand.

    Gained Lieutenant's commission on 1 October 1915 (Studholme 1928).

    Promoted to Captain on 30 June 1916 (Studholme 1928).

    Listed as F McRae on the Wellsford Memorial AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    12 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XXXIX.A.12. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Captain Phillip [sic] Felton McRae, Rifle Brigade, was the eldest son of Mr. G. R. McRae, and was born at Palmerston North, and educated at Tokomaru school and Palmerston High School. He came north to Hoteo six years ago, with his parents. He was posted to the 15th, North Auckland, Regiment, and took a keen interest in his military duties, riding five miles to drill, often through rain and mud, at night. He rapidly rose through all grades, finally gaining his commission as first lieutenant. He left New Zealand on October 9, 1915. He was promoted captain in June, 1916. He has been through all the fighting with the New Zealanders, and was never wounded or sick. After the Somme battle he had his first leave to England. He was 26 years old, and was a grandson of the late Phillip R. McRae, Blairich Run, Marlborough, and also of the late John Felton Heighway, mining engineer, Thames. (Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 21)

    McRAE. – On October 12, killed in action in France, Philip Felton McRae (Captain, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade), the eldest dearly-beloved son of George Richard and Winnie McRae, and grandson of the late John Felton Heighway, of Thames; aged 26 years. Deeply regretted. (Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 30) AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Family grave memorial, Hoteo North Cemetery, 623 Wayby Station Rd, Hoteo North, Rodney District AWMM
    • Wellsford War Memorial, Wellsford, New Zealand AWMM
    • Wellsford War Memorial Library, Wellsford, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Wellsford War Memorial Library, WW1 & WW2, Wellsford, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Wellsford RSA, 1 Olympus Road, Wellsford AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • I with my wife and two daughters visited my Great Uncle Feltons grave on 1st August, 1917. There we saw a plastic coated photo of him attached to a stick right in front of the head stone, it was
    heart warming to know someone had been to visit recently. I have Uncle Feltons officers sword, his photo album and the notification of his death sent to his parents. I think my relatives called him Felton because his mothers brother was Philip Levet, so no confusion.
    Public - Ian Cedric - Other relative - 18 April 2018
  • Your portrait hung in my Grandma's ( your sister's) house. I remember looking at it often.
    I have visited your grave at Tynne Cot and placed a poppy there. You are not forgotten.
    Public - Jeanette - Other relative - 1 August 2017
  • Kia kaha Great Uncle Felton. My son looks like you. We live in freedom because you died.
    Public - Eunice Alice - Other relative - 21 April 2016
  • My 2nd cousin 3 times removed. RIP.
    Public - Frith - Other Relative - 27 February 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
18 April 2018Ian CedricAucklandOther relative
01 August 2017JeanetteWarkworthOther relative
21 April 2016Eunice Alice Kaipara HillsOther relative
27 February 2015FrithNelson, New ZealandOther Relative
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