According to his attestation papers dated January 31, 1916 at Toronto, Clifford Edward McRae of 45 Pembroke Street, Toronto, was born on May 5, 1893 in Detroit Michigan to "British Parents". He listed his mother Bella McRae, Southampton Street (present day Cavell Avenue) , Mimico as his next of kin. He listed his occupation as colour mixer and indicated that he had no previous military experience. He was 22 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a Methodist. He had a mole on his neck.
He was a member of the Central Ontario Regiment, 75th Battalion when he was killed on June 8, 1917 in an attack west of Avion. He is buried in the Canadian Cemetery No 2, Neuville-St. Vaast, France.