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Private George Thomas Raines

Private George Thomas Raines

Male 1894 - 1918  (24 years)

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  • Name George Thomas Raines 
    Prefix Private 
    Born 1894  Newnham, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting military, misfortune, story 
    Military WW1  [2
    Raines,GeorgeT.-WW1.jpg
    Raines,GeorgeT.-WW1.jpg
    Military 1914  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    WW1, Private, East Kent Buffs 
    Misfortune 1918 
    Killed in WW1 
    Residence Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-139810P 
    Died 24 Oct 1918  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I139810  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Father Joseph Thomas Raines,   b. 17 Aug 1872, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1945, Streetsville, Toronto Twp., Peel Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Emma Charlotte Jones,   b. 21 Aug 1875, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1933, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F31803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1894 - Newnham, , Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Oct 1918 - , Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, , Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    George Thomas Raines
    George Thomas Raines
    From Find A Grave added by Rudy O'Hara

  • Notes 
    • 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
      NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY
      X. B. 2. Headstone has following inscription in addition to personal information "GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN"


      Letter received from "Commonwealth War Graves Commission" dated 26 July 1994

      _____________________


      15/2/18
      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]

      This 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

  • Sources 
    1. [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

    2. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Mrs. Emma Charlotte Raines - 1 Sep 1933.

    3. [S2231] Military - Kitchener Public Library - Soldier Information Card Collection - World War One.

    4. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Joseph Raines - 29 Feb 1945.