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- Biography -
- James George Rayner & Charles John Rayner -

unknown person Name : James George Rayner & Charles John Rayner

Sons of : Daniel Rayner and Alice Rayner (née Cudd), of Chale. (Both parents died in 1905).

James George Rayner : Born 18 August 1883, Deptford, Kent. (according to Royal Navy record). Registered Sep qtr, 1882.

Charles John Rayner : Born : 1887, Blackgang, Chale.

  Census information :

1891 : Daniel and Alice Rayner, with their children including [James] George aged 9 and Charles aged 4, are at Blackgang, Chale. Daniel Rayner is a General labourer.

1901 : Daniel and Alice Rayner, with their children including Charles aged 14, are at Blackgang, Chale. Daniel Rayner is a Naval pensioner, Charles Rayner is a Cow boy (dairy).

1911 : Daniel Rayner (jnr), with his siblings including Charles aged 24, are at Chale Green. Both Daniel and Charles are General labourers.

  Service Details :

AB 211611 James George Rayner, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Invincible.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 31 May 1915, aged 33.

Commemorated at : Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

CWGC record ...
  Service Details :

Private 15344 Charles John Rayner, 1st Bn., Hampshire Regiment.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 15 July 1915, aged 28.

Buried at : Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Chale War Memorial
Chale St Andrew's Church Roll of Honour
Chale School War Memorial

  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, July 2, 1915 Page 1

Private Charles Rayner, of Chale Green, who joined the Hants Regiment in January, and has been in the fighting line in Flanders for some weeks, has been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry in digging out under hot fire his Captain, who had been buried by the explosion of a German shell, and removing him to safety.


Saturday, July 24, 1915

Pte Chas. Rayner, 1st Hants Regiment, of Chale-green, who after 3½ months' service, won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for rescuing a wounded officer under heavy fire in Flanders, has died of wounds since received.

It appears that the recommendation for the DCM was not approved, as his name does not appear in the DCM Citation records nor on his Medal Index Card.
  Further Information :

H.M.S. Invincible Wikipedia article.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research.
  Page status :
Page last updated : 18 September 2012


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