McCrae, Geoffrey Gordon (Major, b.1890 - d.1916)

Accession Number 1DRL/0427
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 box: 8 wallets: 8cm
Object type Papers, Diary
Maker McCrae, Geoffrey Gordon
Place made At sea, Australia, Cyprus, Egypt, Egypt: North Egypt, Choubra, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1914-1916
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/010/019
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copyright expired. Copying permitted subject to physical condition. Permission for reproduction not required.

Collection relating to the service of Major Geoffrey Gordon McCrae, 7 Battalion and 60 Battalion, AIF, 1914-1916, Egypt, Gallipoli, Cyprus, France. Collection consists of a diary kept by Major McCrae from October 1914 to December 1915; letters written by McCrae to his family between September 1914 and July 1916; a scrapbook compiled by McCrae's father commemorating the life of Major McCrae; miscellaneous telegrams, cablegrams, documents, postcards, newspaper cuttings. The collection also includes seventeen letters from Brigadier-General Harold Edward 'Pompey' Elliott to Major McCrae's father, George Gordon McCrae of Hawthorn, Victoria.

History / Summary

Biographical note: Geoffrey Gordon (Geoff) McCrae was born in 1890 at Lower Hawthorn, Victoria. McCrae was an architect and serving as a Captain in the militia with the 58th Infantry Regiment (The Essendon Rifles) when he enlisted in the AIF in August 1914 at Hawthorn, Victoria. He was twice wounded on Gallipoli while serving with 7 Battalion. In 1916, at the express wish of his former battalion commander, Brigadier General H E 'Pompey' Elliott, he was transferred to 60 Battalion, promoted to Major and appointed temporary commander of the unit He was twenty-six years old when he was killed in action on the evening of 19 July 1916 during the Battle of Fromelles. McCrae was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches and is buried at Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France. He is commemorated by a stained glass window in Christ Church, Hawthorn, Victoria.

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