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James McCrae was born in Ballarat but enlisted from Camperdown on the 12th July 1915. He was 21 years old, single and a carpenter. He was drafted to the 4th Light Horse Regiment with Regimental No. 1205. On the 15th June 1916 he and a companion were patrolling on horseback near a railway line in Egypt when his horse was spooked by a train, and bolted. As Trooper McCrae was trying to bring the crazed animal under control it tried to jump a bridge and fell, crushing the rider. He is buried in the Tel-ei-Kebir War Cemetery, Egypt.
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