Commonwealth War Graves - Rowland Edwin John Raynor

Author: Doug Larsen
Date published: 08/11/2011
© Doug Larsen

Commonwealth War Graves

Name:

Raynor, Rowland Edwin John

Place and Date of Birth:

Hockley, Birmingham

1887

Place of Residence:

 

Family:

Mother, 4 sisters and his betrothed wife Miss Hudson

Military Record

7 Years in the Royal Field Artillery, a large part of which was spent in India

Rank:

Driver

Service Number:

51816

Regiment/Service:

Royal Horse Artillery and 93rd Battery Royal Field Artillery

Date of Death:

April 1st, 1915

Age at Death:

~28

Additional Information:

It is believed that the change in climate from India to the waterlogged trenches of France brought on the rheumatism that lead to complications that caused his death. He spent 3 months in the Newbury District Hospital where he was treated with great skill and care by the staff and nurses.

 

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Driver Rayner was predeceased by his father who served for 8 years with the 18th Hussars in the Egyptian War. He also had two brothers who served in World War I as follows:

  • Sergeant A Rayner, who served 22 years in the 1st Cheshire Regiment, went through the Boer War and was being held as a prisoner of War in Saltonn, Hanover during WWI at the time of Driver Rayner’s death.
  • Driver A.J. Rayner who was called up as a reservist and went out to the Front with the First Expeditionary Force where he was still serving when his brother died.

The funeral was attended by the Army Service Corps who were quartered in the town. They were escorted by the Newbury Town Band from the A.S.C.  headquarters at the wharf by way of Bartholomew Street to the Newbury District Hospital. Along the way a large gathering of people formed an avenue along the route.

The body of Driver Rayner was then escorted to the Newtown Road Cemetery where a service conducted by Rev A.G.P Baines, Chaplain of the Hospital, was held in the chapel and then at the graveside. A military salute concluded the service.

His mother and relatives thanked the Hospital staff and all who attended for their kindness.

Sources:Personal research, CWG

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