SRWAMS in Southern Rhodesia

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  1. Canuck00

    Canuck00 New Member

    I am seeking some expertise on researching members of the Southern Rhodesia Womens Aux Service. The information I found so far is very generic and uninformative. Performing some genealogical research on a previously unknown ancestor of mine, I discovered she is buried in a War Grave in Harare, Zimbabwae, a fair distance from her home and family in England.

    Mary Isabelle Rae, b. Apr 1896, d. June 16, 1946 (nee Edwards)

    I accidently stumbled on the UK Commonwealth War Graves, listing her as C/Sgt Rae, Mary Isabel, WA/100, Southern Rhodesia Womens Auxillary Military Service, d. June 16/46. (Even the date threw me off, I dont know if she was a casulty or passed after and received a war grave, I suspect the latter).

    Could someone point me the right direction to locate service records for the SRWAMS? To learn more about their service, roles, ect.

    Thank you.
  2. Canuck00

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  4. DianeE

    DianeE Member

    I found this web site which seems to have information
    Force Grave Result – Rhodesian Services Association Inc
    The web site is dedicated to recording the history of the Rhodesian Forces and has been put together by " Rhodesians" living in New Zealand and the rest of the world.
    The page says it has further information which can be purchased.
    I hope it helps
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2020
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
    Name: Mary Isabelle Edwards
    Registration Year: 1896
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration district: Fareham
    Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
    Inferred County: Hampshire
    Volume: 2b
    Page: 577

    1901 England Census
    Name: Mary Edwards
    Age: 4
    Estimated birth year: abt 1897
    Relation to Head: Daughter
    Gender: Female
    Father: Sidney John Edwards
    Mother: Edith Edwards
    Birth Place: Titchfield, Hampshire, England
    Civil Parish: Titchfield
    Search Photos: Search for 'Titchfield' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection
    Ecclesiastical parish: St Peter
    Town: Segensworth
    County/Island: Hampshire
    Country: England
    Street address:
    Condition as to marriage:
    Employment status:
    View image
    Registration district: Fareham
    Sub-registration district: Titchfield
    ED, institution, or vessel: 3
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Piece: 1016
    Folio: 36
    Page Number: 2
    Household schedule number: 7
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Sidney John Edwards 32
    Edith Edwards 27
    William Edwards 6
    Mary Edwards 4
    John Edwards 2
    Margaret Edwards 1
    Jeffrey Edwards 2
    Florence Penning 28

    I am trying to find her marriage to Mr Rae to see where that happened

  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    In 1935 she is a 'housewife' coming in via South Africa from Rhodesia
    UK and Ireland, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960

    There are other Mary Rae travelling but none with a middle initial 'I' and unfortunately she wasnt travelling with her husband so still no idea of his name. I would assume she spent quite a good part of her life in Rhodesia, how you find out any details I do not know I'm afraid


    I have sent a message through Ancestry to the owner of tree to see if they have any further details of her military service and demise
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2020
  7. DianeE

    DianeE Member

    Attached Files:

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  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Brilliant find there Diane - very well done

    I dont have access but perhaps someone else does - her husbands death

    Reginald MacBeth Rae
    Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976
    Record information.
    Reginald MacBeth Rae
    1941 South Africa


    UK, Royal Air Force Airmen Records, 1918-1940
    Name: Reginald Macbeth Rae
    Gender: Male
    Age: 25
    Birth Date: abt 1890
    Birth Place: Transvaal
    Service Date: 31 Aug 1915
    Service Number: 307978
    Mother: Mary Rae
    Next of Kin: Mary Rae
    Relation to Airman: Mother

    Reading this Reginald was Marys son not husband
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Her husband and Reginalds father

    1901 Wales Census
    Name: Reginald Rae
    Age in 1901: 10
    Estimated birth year: abt 1891
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Futham, London, England
    Civil Parish: Llysfaen
    Search Photos: Search for 'Llysfaen' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection
    Town: Llysfaen
    Ecclesiastical parish: Llysfaen
    County/Island: Caernarvonshire
    Country: Wales
    Street address: View image
    Condition as to marriage: View image
    Education: View image
    Employment status: View image
    Occupation: View image
    Registration district: Conway
    Sub-registration district: Creuddyn
    ED, institution, or vessel: 23
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household schedule number: 1
    Piece: 5288
    Folio: 108
    Page Number: 1

    School in North Wales

  10. DianeE

    DianeE Member

    TD Reginald McBeth Rae was born about 1890 so must be her husband. Coincidence that his mother's name was Mary? The Airman's record is WW1

    He married Mary I Edwards in Livingstone Northern Rhodesia on 20/3/1930- according to the Notice of Death of Mary. That's the document t that is very feint.
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  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Diane - you are right (of course) still getting used to my new glasses !!

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  12. Canuck00

    Canuck00 New Member

    Diane and TD, I can't thank you enough, I have new paths now to follow on her now. Amazing detective work!
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