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Gnr. Willis Rabjohn

British Army Royal Field Artillery



Pte. Horace Samuel Raby

British Army 2nd Btn. Sherwood Foresters


(d.8th Nov 1918)

Horace Raby was a regular soldier who went to France in Sept 1914 with his regiment, the 2nd Btn Sherwood Foresters. Sadly he was captured on the 20th October 1914 at Ennetieres. He remained in German prisoner of war camps for the next four years and died three days before the Armistice. I have no photographs of this man, my gt. uncle other than a group photo taken at his sister's wedding where there is a head and shoulders pic of a young lad who I am told is Horace. I am trying to piece together his life story and have so far written several thousand words.


Pte. Horace Victor Race

British Army 2nd Btn. Suffolk Regiment

from:Creeting St. Mary

(d.28th April 1917)

Horace Victor Race was my great uncle, who I never knew, but during my research into my family history, I discovered that he had been killed in 1917 in the Battle of Arras,and has no known grave.

In 2013 I visited Arras and went to the Arras memorial and found his name inscribed on the wall alongside the many thousands of others who gave their lives, I found it a very moving experience to walk in the area that he may have fought and died in.


L/Cpl. Frederick Rack

British Army 4th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment

from:Hildyard Street, Grimsby


Pte Alfred Rackley

British Army 6th btn Bedfordshire Regiment


(d.7th Oct 1917)

Alfred Rackley was my great uncle, born Croxley Green, Hertfordshire.

Editor's Note:- At the time of his death, the 6th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment were part of the 37th Division which was involved in the 3rd Battle of Ypres. The war diary for the Battalion records that, on that day, they lost 10 O.R. (other ranks) killed and 15 O.R. wounded through artillery shelling. Alfred is interred at Hooge Crater Cemetery.


George Stevens Rackstraw

British Army 6th Res Battery Royal Field Artillery

My uncle, George Stevens Rackstraw served with the Royal Field Artillery, alongside my father Robert, who transferred from the 2/4th Royal Scots to serve with him.


Dvr. Robert Baxter "Racka" Rackstraw

British Army 6th. Reserve Battery Royal Horse Artillery

from:Sunderland, Durham

Robert Baxter Rackstraw ( 2nd Right )

Robert Baxter Rackstraw ( 2nd Right )

My father, Robert Baxter Rackstraw, was in France for part of the war, he was in the 2/4th Battalion Royal Scots No 4973, 4th Res and was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery, No91930 driver, 6 Res Battery, after being claimed by his older brother, George Stevens Rackstraw. Date of the transfer was 16th July 1916. When he was in the Royal Scots he was based at Terling Camp, Witham and when the transfer was complete he was based at Forrest Row, Sussex.

George Stevens Rackstraw(Sitting Hat On) & Robert Baxter Rackstraw (Standing Hat On).


Pte. William Radcliffe

British Army 1st Btn. Gordon Highlanders


(d.23rd September 1917)

William Radcliffe was shot and suffered severe injuries. He was sent to hospital in Rouen but was unable to be returned home until August. On returning he was sent to Southampton hospital but by then he was suffering from gangrene of the lungs due to a chest wound.

His wife was informed but denied permission to visit him. Later she was sent a telegraph telling her he had died and she could now have his body to return to Aberdeen. He was 31 and he left three small children. William was my great uncle and he had two other brothers who also lost their lives WWI.


Pte. Charles Edward Radford

British Army 8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment

from:Ilkeston, Derbyshire

(d.19th Nov 1917)

Charles Radford was the son of Frederick and Sarah Radford living at 52, Graham Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. He was killed in Action 19th November 1917 in Belgium and is buried in Solferino Farm Cemetery, near Ypres.

He worked as a miner for the Mapperley Colliery Company, Park Hall Lane, Mapperley, Derbyshire. One of 66 men who died in the First World War from the company. Charles is named on the Mapperley Colliery War Memorial located in the village of West Hallam, Derbyshire, placed near the church gates of St. Wilfrid's church next to the village main war memorial. He is also named on the Ilkeston Cenotaph in Derbyshire.


Asst. Stwd. Robert Henry Radford

Merchant Navy SS Cape Corso

(d.2nd May 1942)

Robert Radford lost his life when the SS Cape Corso was sunk.


Pte. Thomas Radford

British Army 11th Btn. Sherwood Foresters


(d.1st July 1916)

My Great Uncle Tommy Radford was killed on the first day of the Somme but has never been forgotten. He came from Buxton in Derbyshire. He has no grave just a name on a memorial. He was awarded the victory medal and British war medal.


Pte. Thomas Radford

British Army 11th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

from:Buxton, Derbyshire

(d.1st Jul 1916)

Thomas Radford came from a large family and lived on New High Street, in Buxton, Derbyshire. He went to enrol in Derby with his brother and brother in law. His brother Samuel survived as did John Clearly who was gassed and brought back to England. Uncle Tommy unfortunately died on the 1st day of the Somme, aged just 28.


Pte. Charles Radley

British Army 7th (Service) Btn. York & Lancaster


(d.30th Jun 1918)

My Great Uncle Charles Radley enlisted in 1914 when he was 17 yrs old. The only details I have are that he died of wounds on the 30th June 1918 in "France & Flanders" and he is buried in the Herissart Communal Cemetery. I have photographs of the cemetery and his grave. There is a memorial to him and others in Adwick village where he came from.


Cpl. Edward Kingsford Radley

British Army 8th Btn. A Coy. Somerset Light Infantry

from:South Bermondsey

(d.31st Jul 1917)

Edward Kingsford Radley

Edward Kingsford Radley

Edward Radley enlisted on 8th September 1915. Ed was in 'A' company of the 8th Battalion of the Somerset Light infantry engaged in 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He was killed in action on 31st July 1917 and his body was never found. His name is engraved on Panel 21 of Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

The 8th Battalion of Somerset Light Infantry was under the command of the 63rd Brigade which joined the 37th Division on 8th July 1916 (thought to be part of 2nd Army). The Somersets fought with the 8th Btn. of Lincolnshire and 4th Btn. of Middlesex Regiments in the 63rd Brigade at the Battle for Pilckem Ridge which commenced at 0350 on 31st July 1917. This was the 1st of 6 phases of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. In the terrible conditions of heavy enemy fire and thick Flanders mud Ed never survived the first day.

CWGC certificate

CWGC certificate


Pte. Allan Rae

British Army 8th Btn. Border Regiment

from:Parton, Cumbria

(d.5th July 1916)

Allan Rae was my great uncle. He had no known grave, but is commemorated at Thiepval. My father, his nephew, always intended to visit the memorial but never managed to do so. My brother & I hope to visit in 2016 for the centenary, but in the meantime would be grateful for any information on how to track down his service record (we have drawn a blank at the obvious sites) to determine where he was killed.


Pte. John Rae

British Army 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI


Pte. William Rae

British Army Royal Irish Fusiliers


(d.8th May 1915)

Our present family did not know anything about William Rae. It is through family history research we have found him. We discovered that during WW1 he served in the Royal Irish Fusiliers but, sadly, he was killed in action on 8th May 1915 in France. He is buried in the Commonwealth Grave Cemetery - Bailleul, Communal Cemetery Extension. His great grandson is a serving army officer and recently visited William's grave in November 2011 with William's great grandson. Although we have tried to find William's service records we have not yet been able to do so. However, now that we have found out some information we will always remember him for his bravery in WW1.


Pte. William Rae

British Army 2nd Btn Royal Irish Fusiliers


(d.8th May 1915)

I am researching the possibility that William Rae served as a firefighter before he joined the colours, can anyone provide any information?

I work with the Fire Services National Museum in Northampton plus with the Firefighters Memorial London. I have been researching almost for two years for Firemen that joined the colours in WW1 & WW2 and were killed in action. We have at this moment approx 500 firemen on our list. If you know of anyone that may of been fireman and killed in action, please get in touch. Thank you for your time.


Pte James Raeburn

British Army 2nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

(d.28th April 1916)


Pte. Thomas Alexander Raffan

British Army 51st Sanitary Section Royal Army Medical Corps

from:Aberdeen, Scotland

(d.23rd Dec 1918)

Thomas A. Raffan Jr. served in the RAMC Sanitary Section of the 51st Highland Div. He died of pneumonia on the 23rd December 1918 most likely from influenza. His parents lived at 62 Urquhart Rd. Four years after his death his family moved to Toronto, Canada


Pte. H. Rafferty

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Pte. R. Raffle

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

R Raffle was discharged in 1919


Cpt. James Patrick Rafter MC & Bar.

British Army 12th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps


My Great-Uncle, James Rafter, was a doctor who served in France during WW1 after the cessation of hostilities he was the ship's doctor on the Mauretania but fell ill en route to New York, he died in New York on 5th October 1919. I have a copy of a letter he wrote to his sister whilst on the front line.


Pte. Peter Raftery

British Army 10th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

from:Galway City

(d.13th Nov 1916)

Peter Raftery has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


Pte. M. Rahilly

British Army 7th Btn. Leinster Regiment

(d.6th June 1918)

Private Rahilly served as O`Rahilly. He is buried in the north west part of the Cullen Old Cemetery, Co. Cork, Ireland.


Pte. Alexander Railton

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st July 1916)

Alexander Railton is named on the Thiepval Memorial


Pte. John Railton

British Army 2nd Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.30th May 1916)

John Railton enlisted in Sunderland and served in the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He died on the 30th May 1916 aged 34 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

John was born in Jarrow 1882, son of Margaret Ann Railton nee Robinson of Blyth and the late James Railton. He is married to Evelyn Beatrice Railton nee Watson and in the 1911 census the family is living at 14 Hume Street, Millfield, Sunderland with John(29), a ships plater helper and his wife of 3 years, Evelyne Beatrice Railton nee Watson and their infant son John who is 6 months old.


Pte. William Railton

Grenadier Guards 4th Battalion


(d.2nd Sep 1917)

William Railton died of injuries received at the 61st Casualty Clearing Station on the 2nd September 1917, after joining in or around October 1916 in Colne, Lancs.


Pte. Frank Raine

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Lt. G. K. Raine

Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.2nd Jul 1916)

Lt Raine was killed on the 2nd of July 1916 he was 19 years old.

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