Malvern College First World War Casualty

Flight Lieutenant John Nigel MacRae

Photo of John Nigel MacRae
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1908 - 1910.

Regiment: 83 Sq. R. A. F.
Died: 11 April 1918 aged 24 in France. Accidentally killed while flying.
Cemetery: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery VI C 10

Son of Stuart and Ethel MacRae, Handley House, Newark, and Rhu Lodge, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyllshire. b. 1894.
Middle IV A.
Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (T.F.) 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914, transferred Black Watch; Captain 83rd Sqdn. Royal Air Force.

'At the outbreak of war he was in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, which he left shortly afterwards to join a battalion of the Black Watch. He had for a long time wished to fly, and in October 1915 he joined the R.F.C. He got his wings on February 1st , 1916, and went to France the following month for eight months. He was gazetted Flight Commander in January 1917, and, after instructing in England for fourteen months, again went to the front last March, and was killed on April 11th. A boy of kindly, generous disposition, he was extremely popular at School, and it is very clear from the accounts which have reached us that he proved himself an extremely efficient airman.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).
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