RAINE George William

George W. RAINE 1916 – 1945

2007827 Driver George William Raine, Royal Engineers died 28 December 1945 aged 29 and is buried in Evenwood Cemetery.  [1]

Family Details

George W Raine was born 14 December 1916,[2] the son of Thomas and Wilhelmina Raine who lived at Evenwood Gate.  Thomas died c.1921.[3]  Wilhelmina married to Robert Wass in 1926.[4]  Ruby was born April 1927.  In 1939, the family lived at Evenwood Gate, where Robert Wass worked as a “general labourer, brickworks” and George was employed as a “motor lorry driver”.[5] The family later lived at Victoria Street, Evenwood.

Service Details

The service details of Driver G.W. Raine has not been researched and the circumstances of his death remain unknown but it is believed that in 1942 while serving in North Africa, Thomas suffered serious wounds whilst clearing away debris.  He spent some time in hospital in South Africa before returning home, eventually succumbing to his injuries.[6]  Driver George W. Raine died 28 December 1945.

Left: George W. Raine with Bobby Wass

Burial

2007827 Driver G.W. Raine is buries at grave reference N/C Row 12 Grave 39, Evenwood Cemetery.  His headstone bears the following words: [7]

TO THE WORLD

HE WAS ONE OF MANY

TO US HE WAS ALL THE WORLD

EVENWOOD CEMETERY

REFERENCES

[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] 1939 England & Wales Register

[3] England & Wales Death Index 1916-2007 Vol.10a p.352 1921Q1 Auckland

[4] England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005 Vol.10a p.442 1926Q3 Auckland

[5] 1939 England & Wales Register

[6] Conversation with Ruby Viney, George’s half sister

[7] CWGC