Herbert RANE

Herbert RANE

Per his military service record (Depot), Herbert Rane was born at Windsor, N.S.W.[1]  He gave his age as 28 years and 10 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as labourer. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was 5 feet 5 ½ inches tall, weight 151 lbs., with a fair complexion, dark blue eyes, and light brown hair. His religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He claimed that he had no previous military service.

His next of kin and was recorded as Mrs East, Australia Street, Newtown.

The National Advocate reported his falling in with the Coo-ees as follows:

‘On the road from Bathurst to Yelthome … a “tramp” was met. “Come on,’’ shouted the Coo-ees in chorus, “there’s room for you. You are going the wrong way.” The tramp hesitated. The Coo-ees became more insistent in their urging. A few more seconds’ cogitation the tramp threw down his “billy”, and after being examined, signed on to fight for his King and country. His welcome from the Coo-ees was indeed enthusiastic’.[2]

Herbert Rane completed his medical examination with Glanmire’s doctor, Dr Coombes, and was attested by Captain A. C. Eade at Glanmire on 29th October 1915 (where the Coo-ees stopped for lunch on their way from Bathurst to Yetholme).[3]

After the Coo-ee March he went into Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On 16th December 1915 Private Rane was discharged from the A.I.F. not likely to become an efficient soldier.



[2] A “TRAMP” FALLS IN. (1915, October 30). National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158152728

[3] THE COO-EES (1915, November 1). The Bathurst Times (NSW : 1909 – 1925), p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111237023


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