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

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

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

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