Tuesday 25 January 2011

Sergeant Bertram McRae, MM

Also known as Donald McRae - born on 19 March 1887 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland - son of Alexander and Isabella McRae, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as stonemason; single; no current military service; previously served with the 7th Gordon Highlanders in Scotland; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair, very light, hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 13 February 1915 (number 410154) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 27 September 1918 - buried in Quarry Wood Cemetery (grave III.A.7), France.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 1 March 1917: "For conspicuous work during the raid carried out by this Battn on the enemy trenches Feb 22/17."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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