Lt. William Farquhar Macrae

1887 Oct 29 Born in Nova Scotia, Canada - registered in Scotland under Service Returns

1901 census at 1, 2, Whitemore Villas, Dover

1902 Dec 4 Enlisted in RAOC aged 15. He serves as a clerk or storeman

1909 Oct 11. Married Maria Carolina Emily Cooper in Bloomfontein in South Africa (3 children Kathleen, Albert F, and William A) the first child was born 28 Oct 1909.

1911 census. A clerk with No 24th Company R A M C No 6th Company A O Corps, at Tempe, Orange Free State , South Africa.

1912 Sep 9. Transferred to RFA

1914 Sep 12. He had his first promotion , to Bombardier. Taken him 12 years to get beyond Private.

1914 Dec 22. Landed in France

1916 Jun 1. His wife died

1916 Nov 22. RFA. Commissioned 2nd Lt.Serjt. William Farquar Macrae to be 2nd Lt.

1919 Oct 30. Lt. W. F. Macrae retires receiving a gratuity.

1920 Jun 20 Arrives Canada from UK. He is going to see his brother in Canada. Wife in Fulham, London

1920 Oct 14. Joined ADRIC with service no 737. Posted to G Coy

Fined £3 and £1 by Coy Commander

1921 Jul 14 to 17 Jul on Leave

1921 Sep 20 Suspended until 6 Oct 1921

1921 Oct 6. To Trim for Special Duty for 2 days

1921 Oct 15 Posted to R Coy

1921 Dec 9 to 22 Dec on Leave

1922 Jan 16. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 He gets a number of seaman's cards and sails as a steward until at least 1933

1926 Feb 11. One sons birth certificate is needed

1927 Mar 2. Problems - Lt. W. F. Macrae, retd.,(late R.F.A.), on conviction by the Civil Power, is removed from the Army, His Majesty having no further occasion for his service.

1930 Jun 12. Requests his service record (in fact it refers to his conviction). He needed it to get the job on the Discovery

1930 Nov 18. Problems in Australia. He was signed on the ORONTES on 12 Jul 1930, which must have been how he got to Australia. His next ship is 30 Mar 1931

1934 His son is after information. I think the children were brought up by the grandparents (Major Macrae, in Scotland)

1939 Registry. Living at 52/4 Chancery Lane , Holborn. He is a Clerk

1948 Aug 30 Married Amy Duncan in All Saints, Bishops Park, SW6

1963 Mar 14. died Cuckfield Sussex aged 75


WO 339/77831