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290563   Private James Rainey
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/04/1891
Died: 29/07/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
James Rainey was the son of youngest son of John and Hannah Rainey. He was born on 30th April 1892 in Aughnahoy, Portglenone. Like his father and brother, James was a farm labourer. James disembarked with the battalion on Gallipoli on 14th June 1915, and afterwards moved to the war in Palestine. In early 1918 the 52nd Lowland Division was moved to the Western Front and eventually they fought in the 2nd Battle of the Marne. Private James Rainey was serving with the 1st/8th Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) when he was killed in action in France at the Battle of Beugneux on 29th July 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Raperie British Cemetery
  Villemontoire, Aisne, 4
Grave Ref: Grave VI-A-10
CWGC Casualty 297959
Villemontoire is just to the west of the main D1, Chateau-Thierry to Soissons road, approximately 10 kilometres from Soissons. From the N2, Soissons Ring Road, take the D1 towards Chateau-Thierry. Ignore signs for Villemontoire and continue on the D1 until the crossroads signed for Vierzy. Turn right here along the D1280 towards Vierzy, then take the first left turn (1.2 kilometres) at the second CWGC sign, and the Cemetery will be found on your left after 150 metres.
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1 1901 Census lists Rainey family 1901 census lists James as age 10 living with the family at house 45 in Aughnahoy, Portglanone, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Rainey family 1911 census lists James as age 20 living with the family at house 37 in Aughnahoy, Portglenone, Antrim
3 BBC Remembrance Wall Details of Private James Rainey including small photo
4 Forum discussion (GWF) Discussion on Private James Rainey
5 John's Space Details of Private James Rainey including photo
6 National Archives UK Medal card of Private James Rainey can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James Rainey's grave can be purchased here
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