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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


McRae G A*    Gunner    28439    Gordon Andrew   1 Div Amm Column   26   Builder and contractor   Single   Meth Address:    Essendon, Keilor Rd, 52   

Next of Kin:    McRae, Arthur, father, 52 Keilor Rd, Essendon   

Enlisted:    27 May 1916      

Embarked:     A38 Ulysses 25 Oct 1916   


Date of Death: 01/09/1918

CWGC: "Son of Mary Ann McRae, of 52, Keilor Rd., Essendon, Victoria, and the late Robert McRae.

Born at Malmesbury, Victoria, Australia".




Chenhall family members at 27 Byron Street, early 1916.   Back row from left: Gordon McRae (Elsie’s fiancé), Elsie, Ida Chenhall nee Morell, Sergeant Cecil Chenhall, Ethel, Ruby Chenhall, Charles Clayton. Front row, seated: Leura, Mrs Morrell, Mary with Bob on her knee, Ruby, Howard Trathan, Clarence Clayton (son of Ethel and Charles).  Ruby married Howard Trathan. Photo courtesy of the Chenhall family collection.

Friend of Trathan-H-S-Gunner-33162


Gordon McRae is pictured in the middle row, third from the left, 1913.  For the known details see Moonee Ponds Methodist Cricket Club.  Courtesy of the McDonald family.


Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau Correspondence

Australian War Memorial Collection


Killed 1.9.18.
I saw Bombdr George [sic] McRae's (10th Bty) body  on a stretcher after he had been killed by shell (head and body) at Clery sur Somme abt 10 am.  He was a good deal knocked about and I think he must have been killed instantly. I saw his body about 20 mins  after  he had been hit - he was in my sub. section. Lt. Postle was wounded by the same shell. McRae was buried at the gun position near where he died  - a cross was erected.

George [sic] McRae - from Vic, was in business with his brother as a master builder, stout, well made, dark, abt. 27 yrs. He was a very fine fellow, a gentleman and very capable fellow.
Informant Sgt. H Watson 29377
4th Bgde. 10th Bty.
A.I.F. Le Havre 10.4.19.


Killed in Action 1.9.18

re Pte G A McRae - On Sept 1st the 10th Battery, 4th AFA Bgde was in action at the foot of Mt St Quentin near Peronne and was under  heavy/shell fire.  A man named McRae, holding the rank of bombadier (enemy) whose initials and number I do not know, was struck in the head by a shell splinter and died within a few minutes. He was a short, thick set man, of a dark, almost swarthy complexion, and slightly inclined to be bow-legged.  I was myself severely wounded a few minutes later and have been in hospital ever since, and am therefore unable to give any information as to grave or burial.

Letter from :  Lt F C Postle

AFA   Wandsworth 25.4.19 


"I knew Casualty.  He was a well built man, about 5ft 7 ins, dark  complexion about 30 years of age.  Casualty was in the advance at Cleary near Mont St Quentin and was in forward gun position.  He was working a gun when Fritz opened a barrage on our battery.  One H E shell landed in the position, a piece of it entering Casualty's head killing him instantly.  I was near by at the time and saw him go down.  he was buried just in the rear of the gun position and a cross was erected over his grave."

Informant Pte R J Bowman

No 7668  4th F A B

Private address:

131 Amess Street

North Carlton


Further evidence can be found in the Red Cross correspondence.





Killed in action in France on the 1st of September, Bombardier Gordon Andrew McRae, dearly beloved youngest son of Mary and the late Robert McRae, beloved brother of Robert, Vic, Erma and Iris, of 52 Keilor road, Essendon, aged 20 years and 9 months, dearly beloved fiance of Elsie Winifred Chenhall; dear comrade  of Gunner Howard Trathan (on active service). For God and Empire. --Inserted by his loving brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Gertrude.


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall L-R (G E)

Moonee Ponds Methodist Church *

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours


In Memoriam


McRAE.-In loving memory of our dear son and
brother, Bombr. Gordon A. McRae, killed in action
at Clery, France, 1st September, 1918.
We'll never doubt that love, and love alone,
Removed our loved one from this trial scene;
Nor idly dream, since he to God has done, 
Of what, "had he been left," he might have
-(Inserted by his loving mother, brothers, and

McRAE-In loving memory of Bombardier Gor-
don A. McRae, killed in action at Mont St.
Quentin, 1st September, 1918.
"Ever remembered. Duty nobly done."
-(Inserted by Mrs. Chenhall and family, 21
Byron street. Moonee Ponds.)

McRAE-In loving memory of Bombardier G. A.
McRae, killed in action at Mont St. Quentin, 1st
September, 1918
He shall not grow old, as we that are left grow
Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
I will remember him.
-(Inserted by Elsie W. Chenhall.)

McRAE - In loving memory of Bomb. G. A. McRae,
who fell at Mont St. Quentin on 1st September, 1918.
(Inserted by Mrs. Trathan, Howard, returned, and Eric.)

The Argus 1 September 1919



McRAE,-In loving memory of our dear son and
brother, Gordon, who was killed in action at Mont
St. Quentin on 1st September, 1918.
Still living, still loving, still ours. 
-(Inserted by his loving mother, brothers, and sisters.)

McRAE.-In loving remembrance of Bombardier G.
A. McRae, killed in action in France, September 1,
1918. (Inserted by Elsie W. Chenhall, Moonee Ponds.)

McRAE.-To the memory of Gordon A. McRae
(Bdr., 10th Btty.), who was killed in action at Mont St.
Quentin on 1st September, 1918. (Inserted by H.S.
The Argus 1 September 1920


McRAE - In loving memory of Bmdr G. A. McRae,
Killed in action on 1st September, 1918, at Mont St
Ever remembered
-(Inserted by Elsie W. Chenhall, 56 Miller street, 
Essendon )

The Argus 1 September 1921



McRAE -In loving remembrance of Gordon, a dear 
son and brother, who was killed in action at Mont St
Quentin, on September 1, 1918
To memory ever dear
-(Inserted by his loving mother and sisters )

The Argus 1 September 1922



McRAE. - In loving memory of Bomdr. G. A.
McRae, who made the supreme sacrifice at Mont  
St. Quentin, 1st September, 1918. (Inserted by
E. W. Chenall, 56 Miller street, Essendon.)

The Argus 2 September 1922



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