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Full Name: Thomas Handley Rae
Rank Last Held: Second Lieutenant
Forename(s): Thomas Handley
Surname: Rae
Also Known As: Tom
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 12/3453
Gender: Male
Place of Birth: Herekino, North Auckland, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Clerk
Next of Kin: Mrs A. Rae (mother), Hikutaia, Thames, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 9th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company
Embarkation Date: 8 January 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 37
Vessel: Maunganui
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: 21
Page on Nominal Roll: 17
Other Units: New Zealand Engineers
Campaigns:
  • Egypt
  • France
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Place of Death: Le Quesnoy, France
Date of Death: 4 November 1918
Age at Death: 26
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
Grave Reference: I. A. 23
Biographical Notes: Thomas Rae was the son of Thomas and Anne Rae of Beresford Street, Pukekohe.
Description of Image:
  • Postcard, Greeting card. WW1. Divided Vise, Paris L'ART. Photo. Rosi-Coloms. Affection, Happy Returns, Roses. Dated July 1916. Sent by T.H. Rae, in France (front). (Courtesy of the collection of Mr T. Lyons)
  • Postcard, Greeting card. WW1. Divided Vise, Paris L'ART. Photo. Rosi-Coloms. Affection, Happy Returns, Roses. Dated July 1916. Sent by T.H. Rae, in France (back) . Message: France, July 1916. Best wishes for your birthday. T.H. Rae. It is not known to whom the card was sent. (Courtesy of the collection of Mr T. Lyons)
  • Christmas Card, WW, New Zealand Engineers, Greetings from France, Xmas & New Year 1917-1918.. (Front). Greeting card from Tom to Floss. (Courtesy of the collection of Mr T. Lyons)
  • Christmas Card, WW, New Zealand Engineers, Greetings from France, Xmas & New Year 1917-1918.. (Inside). Poem: The night settles down on the battered old bivvy. Rat-tat! and an "over" comes swhishing the gloom, But pass up the baccy and tip us a chorus, To-morrow brings Xmas and letters from home, Then here's to them all in our sweet little country, Our hearts are there always whatever befall; And of all the fair honours good fortune may bring us, The pride of our home folk is sweetest of all. Greeting: Xmas greetings 1917. Message: From Tom to Floss with best wishes. (Courtesy of the collection of Mr T. Lyons)
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Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
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