Finley Arnold “Arnold” McRae was born in Braidwood NSW but moved to Annandale as a child. He was a student at South Annandale Primary School and a member of Village Church (then called St Aidan’s) Sunday School.
Arnold worked as a clerk until he joined the ANZACs. He enlisted on August 12 1915 aged 25 and served in the 54th Battalion - the same battalion as William Paterson, another Annandale ANZAC.
He was killed in the trenches at Bullecourt and buried on the field in a soldier’s grave. He died on 15 May 1917 aged 27 and is commemorated at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Picardie, France.
His memorial tablet (above) was unveiled on May 19,1918.
Arnold was one of the approximately 1200 Annandale men who served in World War I.
Information taken from:
Annals from Aidan’s in Annandale (http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/34897442?q&versionId=43286545)
Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1648273/)