||Newnham, , Kent, England 
||WW1  |
|WW1, Private, East Kent Buffs |
|Killed in WW1 |
||Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario 
|Eby ID Number
||24 Oct 1918
||, Germany [1, 4]
||Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, , Hessen, Germany 
||15 Mar 2017 |
||Joseph Thomas Raines, b. 17 Aug 1872, , Kent Co., England , d. 28 Feb 1945, Streetsville, Toronto Twp., Peel Co., Ontario |
||Emma Charlotte Jones, b. 21 Aug 1875, Chatham, Kent, England , d. 31 Aug 1933, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario |
- In Memory of Private GEORGE RAINES
L/10210, 2nd Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
who died age 23 on Thursday 24 October 1918. Private RAINES, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Raines, of 138, Charon St., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Remembered with honour
X. B. 2. Headstone has following inscription in addition to personal information "GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN"1a
1aLetter received from "Commonwealth War Graves Commission" dated 26 July 1994
46903 Pte Luther Wynn
12th Batt. Can. Infantry
Prisoner of War Number 33942
Hameln, Han, Germany
Dear Friend: I now take the pleasure in answering your most welcome letter which I received a few days ago and was awful pleased with the snap and was also glad to hear that George is keeping well & I shall try my best to have a stay with you when this war is over. I have promised George to have a stay with him when we go to Canada.
We have great plans for the future and have good work in Canada & I am sure George will get on with me fine. I first met George in the trenches two days before we were captured and we always stuck together ever since till he was shifted to another place and I can tell you I was lonesome after we parted. There is just two more English here beside me. Well dear friend I shall certainly take the pleasure of seeing you when I get back & I hope it will not be so very long now when we all can see our nearest and dearest friends once again it certainly seems a long time since I left Canada. well I can't think of anything more to tell you as news is awful scarce here. you can't imagine how a letter cheers us up here. I will have to close for this time trusting it is not long in hearing from you again, be sure to remember me to George when you rite to him. I remain your true friend. Luther Wynn
[This letter suggests that Uncle George and Luther were in the same prison camp until Uncle George was moved to another camp]2a
2aThis letter was discovered in a prayer book which was given to Esther by Anne.
Raines, George Thomas Private. Enlisted previous to the war in East Kent Buffs at Canterbury, England. His regiment left for France Feb. 1, 1915. On April 24, 1915 he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Ypres. For three years and six months he was a prisoner of war in the various prison camps of Germany. He died of influenza October 23, 1918 at the prison camp at Hameln, Germany. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Raines, 138 Charon Street, Kitchener, Ontario.3a
3aKitchener Public Library Soldier Information Card Collection World War One
- [S1986] Cemetery - Germany, Hessen, Kassel - Niederzwehren Cemetery Burial Register.
RAINES, Pte. George, L/10210. 2nd Bn. The Buffs. 24th Oct., 1918. Age 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Raines, of 138 Charon St., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
- [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Mrs. Emma Charlotte Raines - 1 Sep 1933.
- [S2231] Military - Kitchener Public Library - Soldier Information Card Collection - World War One.
- [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Joseph Raines - 29 Feb 1945.
|Birth - 1894 - Newnham, , Kent, England
|Residence - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario
|Died - 24 Oct 1918 - , Germany
|Buried - - Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, , Hessen, Germany