1917: Christ Church Anglican, Hawthorn, Victoria.

Artist/Studio: Brooks, Robinson & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, c. 1917.
Location: Hawthorn, Victoria.
Building: Christ Church, Hawthorn.
Memorial: Maj Geoffrey Gordon McCrae.
Photos dated: 14th Nov 2010

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Geoffrey Gordon McCrae born in Hawthorn on 1st Jan 1890 to George Gordon McCrae & Helen Augusta Brown. He was the rank of Major when he was killed in action at Fromelles on the 19th July 1916.

Major Geoffrey Gordon McCrae, 60th Battalion (Victoria), prior to his enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force in August 1914. [AWM P02896.01]

The Argus, Melbourne, Tuesday 27th March 1917, page 8.

“A stained glass window was unveiled on Sunday evening at Christ Church, Hawthorn, by Brigadier-General Burston. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. W. Laidlay, and the vicar gave a short address. The window is erected by his family to the memory of Major Geoffrey Gordon McCrea [sic], of the 60th Battalion, who died in battle in July last year near Armentieres, in France, and who was formerly a resident of the parish”.

The Ballarat Courier, Vic, Tuesday 20th March 1917, page 1.

“A stained glass window to the memory of Mjr Geoffrey McCrae will be unveiled on Sunday next in the nave of Christ Church, Hawthorn, by Brig-Gen Burston. Mr McCrae was the son of Mr McCrae, veteran poet, of Creswick street, Hawthorn.

Australian War Memorial; record 1DRL/0427 http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/1DRL/0427/, retrieved 31 Oct 2014.

“Geoffrey Gordon (Geoff) McCrae was born in 1890 at Lower Hawthorn, Victoria. McCrae was an architect and serving as a Captain in the militia with the 58th Infantry Regiment (The Essendon Rifles) when he enlisted in the AIF in August 1914 at Hawthorn, Victoria. He was twice wounded on Gallipoli while serving with 7 Battalion. In 1916, at the express wish of his former battalion commander, Brigadier General H E ‘Pompey’ Elliott, he was transferred to 60 Battalion, promoted to Major and appointed temporary commander of the unit He was twenty-six years old when he was killed in action on the evening of 19 July 1916 during the Battle of Fromelles. McCrae was posthumously mentioned in Despatches and is buried at Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France. He is commemorated by a stained glass window in Christ Church, Hawthorn, Victoria”.

Other references and photos:

http://www.theage.com.au/national/fromelles-friendship-and-fate-20120718-22aq5.html

http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A148451


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