Alexander McRae AWMM
Also known as
WWI 12/3218 AWMM
- 15 January 1895 AWMM AWMM
- 15 January 1895 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 8 July 1915 AWMM Palmerston Road, Birkenhead, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
J. McRae Forbes (father), Palmerston Road, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 13 November 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Military Cross (MC) AWMM
Citation for Military Cross: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, on 29th September 1918, in the attack east of Ribecourt. He commanded the left front company of the battalion, and when a gap occurred between him and the troops on his left side, he filled it with his reserve platoon. Largely owing to his initiative, five 7cm guns, one 4in. howitzer, one 6in. howitzer and two naval guns were captured. After reaching his objective, he pushed forward to reconnoiter the company front as far as the Canal. His wortk throughout being most praiseworthy.' AWMM
- 1914-1915 Star AWMM
- British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
- Victory Medal AWMM
- War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
- New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
- Military Cross (MC) AWMM
London Gazette 01/02/1919 AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Height, Unknown Period AWMM
5 feet 6 1/4 inches AWMM
- Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
- Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
- Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
- Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
Bayonet wound to thigh - severe - in Frances. Transferred to Brighton Hospital, 23 February 1917. AWMM
- Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
Heart failure AWMM
- Height, WWI AWMM
5' 6.5" AWMM
- Weight, WWI AWMM
160 lb AWMM
Alexander Forbes was a Justice of the Peace.
Aide-de-Camp to the Prince of Wales during the Somme Battle
Aide-de-Camp to Major General Sir George Richardson (after the war)
Town Major in Ypres.
Alexander's family resided on Palmerston Road, Birkenhead (Source: AWMM Research)
Wounded in action, 21 February 1917 (bayonet wound, left thigh); transferred to England, and admitted to Cambridge research Hospital, 24 February 1917; transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Brighton, 24 April 1917.
Discharged on leave, 26 April 1917, to report to NZ Reserve Group, Sling Camp, 9 May 1917; qualified as instructor in grenades at Southern Command Grenade School, Lyndhurst, 4-16 June 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 12 July 1917, rejoined Bn, in the field, 10 August 1917.
Detached to NZ Wing, 2nd Anzac Reinforcements Camp, 30 September 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 12 November 1917.
Promoted Captain, 31 October 1917.
Detached to NZ Division Traffic Control, 12 November 1917.
Transferred to 1st Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 18 February 1918.
Appointed Company Commander, 15 April 1918; relinquished command as Company Commander, 7 October 1918.
Marched in to Sling Camp from France, 3 February 1919.
Commenced return to New Zealand on board HMNZT 'Remuera', 17 March 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 2 June 1919.
Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal AWMM
24 December 1969 AWMM
Age 74 AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Alexander McRae Forbes
This was my grandfather. He was very respected by the troops he lead and I can remember as a young child when he is ill from the long term effects of the war( I was told he had been gased and this contributed to his illness). Many of his old army comrades would come over and recall the old days. He was proud of the time the Prince of Wales came to New Zealand in 1935 and my grandfather went to see him and as the prince passed by he called out to him by name. He as thrilled he remembered him. He was a great man and lived a good life. He carried a picture of my grandmother who was only his girlfriend at the time all through the war and we still have all the letters and cards he sent her. They are truly beautiful and a reminder of the importance of the people back home were to them. It certainly gave him hope of returning home
Public - Kay Frances - Other Relative - 8 May 2015
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Page No: 237 AWMM
- NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
- Mickle, A. M. R. (n.d.) Mickle album. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-561. 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. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
|08 May 2015||Kay Frances||London,England||Other Relative||
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