Rae, J A
JAMES ALBERT RAE
Remembered with honour Watford (Vicarage Road) Cemetery: Plot H, Row 2, Grave 807.
He attested 17 August 1914 for 3 years with the Colours: a joiner aged 19, C of E, next-of-kin his father of Watford. He was discharged as Private 12081 from D Company, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, 7 April 1915, on being appointed to a Commission in the 9th Battalion: aged 19, 5’9″ tall. He served at Home from 17 August 1914 to 7 April 1915, and has a medal card but no medals are listed thereon. He died at King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor, Berks, following a motor accident. An inquest was held at the hospital 6 September 1915.
There are articles about James in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 10 April 1915, 7 August 1915 and 11 September 1915, as well as a Grammar School In Memoriam in the issue dated 25 December 1915; also in the Watford Illustrated dated 11 September 1915. There is an account of his funeral in the St Michael’s Parish Magazine dated October 1915.
Son of James and Elizabeth Catherine (nee MITCHELL) RAE of Watford.
His parents married 24 September 1892 at St Paul’s, Bow Common, London. James possibly died 1911 in the Farnham, Surrey, district aged 42; Elizabeth died 29 March 1949 in Faygate, Sussex, aged 82.
James was born 3 or 5 March 1896 in Bow, and baptised 12 April 1896 at St Paul’s, Bow Common. He attended Alexandra School, Watford, from 11 January 1904 to 30 July 1908; then Watford Grammar School from September 1909 to June 1910. He was buried 8 September.
On the 1901 Census, aged 5 he lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, a cardboard box cutter aged 15, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings.
Unit10th (Service) Battalion, attached 3rd/1st Battalion Cambridge Regiment
Date of death04*/09/1915
Age at death19
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)