Charles Joseph Gerald Raynor
From Our Contribution
Western Mail 17 Nov 1916 p.23
|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Carlton, Victoria|
|Death||3 Sep 1916|
|Place of Death||Mouquet Farm, Poziéres, France|
|Age at Enlistment||22 years, 9 months|
|Description||5' 6½" (1.66m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair|
|Address||NOK 'Charlesville', Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Harold George Raynor|
|Date of Enlistment||19 Aug 1915|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 6th reinforcements, transferred to 51st Battalion / 13th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||2 Nov 1915 ‒ 26 Nov 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A38 Ulysses|
|Fate||Misssing in Action 3 Sep 1916, later declared Killed in Action.|
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial |
Australian War Memorial
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Entered camp on 19 Aug 1915 and was allocated to the 24th Depot Company for basic training. From 27 Oct 1915 until they shipped out for Egypt and after their arrival until 2 Mar 1916 he remained with the 6th Reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion training with the 7th Training Battalion at Zeitoun. With the reorganisation of the Army, he was allotted to the newly formed 51st Battalion, joining it on 3 Mar 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir. Soon after he travelled with the battalion on the HMT Ivernia from Alexandria to Marseilles arriving there on 12 Jun 1916.
On 3 Sep 1916 near Mouquet Farm in the midst of furious fighting he was posted as Missing I Action. On 30 Jul 1917 a Court of Enquiry judged that he had been Killed In Action, one of 11,000 Australian casualties suffered while trying to capture this strong point in the German line.
During the attack that Robert participated in (the Ninth and final Australian attack) the farm was taken, but later lost again following an intense German bombardment on the farm itself. As no body was found or identified, we might assume that Robert was impacted by the artillery barrage, either to cause his death, or following it.
The Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux records: "RAYNOR, Pte. Charles Joseph Gerald, 2780A. 51st Bn. 3rd Sept., 1916. Age 23. Son of Harold George and Catherine Raynor of "Charleville", Kelmscott, Western Australia. Born in Melbourne.
His Red Cross file . held by the Australian War Memorial adds nothing to our understanding of the circumstances of his death.
A farmer when he transferred from the Militia to the AIF, he changed his NOK to Mother (Dumbleyung). Also had a brother William Harold who used a Dumbleyung address.
Gratuity payment 40/- per fortnight to his mother Catherine from 7 Dec 1916.
Parents lived in Kelmscott
- "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Charles Joseph Gerald Raynor". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.