Biography

Birth date: 21 October 1894
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: 1275 - First World War, 1914-1918
NX116990 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • MGC
  • 2nd Australian Machine Gun Battalion
  • 6th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • 35th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of embarkation: 12 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 6th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Machine Gun Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 6th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Machine Gun Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: MGC
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

054123

MOORA, WA. 1943-07-16. BATTALION HEADQUARTERS OFFICERS GROUP OF THE 35TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, AIF. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: NX105163 LIEUTENANT (LT) G. C. MCKENZIE; NX125291 LT G. W. M. EDWARD; SX26305 LT J. A. SEARSON; NX123069 CAPTAIN (CAPT) J. H. CARMEN; NX125302 LT T. R. WRIGHT;...

054123

054125

MOORA, WA. 1943-07-16. NX125281 MAJOR A. B. SHAW, SECOND IN CHARGE, AND NX116990 LIEUTENANT COLONEL D. F. RAE, MC., COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 35TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, AIF.

054125

055815

GERALDTON, WA. 1943-08-15. BAND OF THE 35TH BATTALION. LEFT TO RIGHT:- FRONT ROW: PRIVATE (PTE) T. MURRAY; PTE F. HARRIS; PTE T. ENGLISH; LANCE CORPORAL R. MURRAY; NX116990 LIEUTENANT COLONEL D. F. RAE MC; SERGEANT (SGT); M. H. PORTER; SGT C. E. SMITH; PTE A. RETALLACK; PTE L. A. FIELD; PTE G. V....

055815

073031

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-27. SENIOR OFFICERS DISCUSSING CAMPAIGN PLANS AT HEADQUARTERS 8TH INFANTRY BRIGADE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX112699 CAPTAIN J.F. BUTLER, 8TH INFANTRY BRIGADE (1); NX116990 LIEUTENANT COLONEL D.F. RAE, MC, COMMANDING OFFICER 35TH INFANTRY BATTALION (2); VX5423...

073031

071129

GUSIKA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-03-15. SENIOR OFFICERS ATTENDING A SHOOT HELD BY MEMBERS OF THE 1ST TANK BATTALION TO TEST THE VULNERABILITY OF A CUPOLA FITTED TO THE BODY OF A MATILDA TANK. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX110380 BRIGADIER C.E. CAMERON, MC, ED, (1), COMMANDING OFFICER, 8TH INFANTRY BRIGADE,...

071129

H15315

INFORMAL GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF THE 6TH MACHINE GUN COMPANY, PROBABLY OUTSIDE THEIR BARRACKS. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: HECTOR ROBINSON, JACK HOPPER, FRANK WRIGHT; MIDDLE ROW: KNOWN TO BE IN THE MIDDLE ROW ARE; JACK RICE, CAPTAIN JACK DRUMMOND, DOUGLAS RAE, AND SECOND LIEUTENANT HUBERT...

H15315

H15433

Group portrait of officers of the 22nd Machine Gun Company. From left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) Pritchard; Lt Archibald Chalmers; Lt Roland Parker Shelley (killed in action 4 July 1918); Lt John West Torrens; Lt Charles Ross Field; Lt (later Captain MC) Eric Samuel Everett . Front row:...

H15433

E02608

Outdoor group portrait of the officers of the 6th Machine Gun Company in front of a tent at a village in the Somme area. Left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) William Shaw Clayton; Lt Ralph Dodgshun; Second Lieutenant Hubert de Burgh Newcomen; Lt Michael Joseph O'Brien MC; Lt William Elliott....

E02608

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-10-21 Sydney NSW
Date of embarkation 1915-05-12
Date commissioned 1915-11-03
WW1 Service 2 1916-03-15 lieutenant (MGO) 20th battalion
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-04
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-09
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-24
Interwar Service 1 1922-05-01 Reserve of Officers
Career summary 1 1940-07-19 captain 36th battalion
Career summary 3 1941-02-19 temporary major
Career summary 4 1941-03-10 full time duty
Career summary 7 1941-11-18 attached Headquarters 14th Brigade 17
Career summary 6 1942-01-03 attached Headquarters 2ndDivision3 Nov
Career summary 8 1942-03-14 - 1942-06-01 attached 35th batta
Career summary 11 1942-06-01 temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 35th battalion
Career summary 9 1942-06-01 TFD 35th battalion
Appointment 1942-06-01 - 1944-08-19 Battalion: 35th; Rank on appointment: captain, temporary lieutenant colonel ; Appointed from: 35th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: age new command -training unit: commanding officer Aust Recruit training Centre
Career summary 10 1942-09-05 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 12 1943-07-04 course course Regimental Commanders School
Career summary 13 1944-01-25 arrived Finschhafen
Career summary 15 1944-08-19 relinquished command 35th battalion (reposting)
Career summary 17 1944-10-17 Returned to Australia (Townsville ) ex Madang
Career summary 18 1944-11-01 commanding officer Aust Recruit Training Centre
Career summary 19 1945-07-31 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 20 1945-12-18 relinquished command Aust Recruit Training Centre (retirement)
Career summary 21 1946-01-24 Reserve of Officers
Career summary 14 c 1944 major (bd 1 Sep 42) lieutenant colonel (bd 1 Sep 42) gazetted
Career summary 16 [diary of Parry-Okeden confirms reposting due to age]
Career summary 2 captain Headquarters 1st Div
Career summary 5 TFD 8th Brigade 10 Mar
Served 1914-1918 Command: ; Service: Gallipoli, Western Front
WW1 Service 3 captain 2ndmachine gun battalion
WW2 Service 1 New Guinea