William George Rayment

Name

William George Rayment

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

16/08/1917
36

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
40467
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
9th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Panel 144 to 145.
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

William was born in Old Hall Green. In 1901 he was living in 6 St Michael’s Terrace, Chislehurst. His mother had re-married and was named Mrs Masclow (poss Maxlow) later of White Horse Hill, Chislehurst, Kent. He married Frances Clara Wright of Woodfields, Stansted, Essex on 29 Aug 1903 in Bishop’s Stortford and they were living in High Street, Much Hadham in 1911 and had two children. Enlisted at Much Hadham.

Wartime Service

Formerly 32001 Bedfordshire Regiment and was killed in action. Royal Dublin Fusiliers War Diary Extract 16th August 1917: The 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers commenced their attack on enemy lines at 4.45am. A barrage of enemy fire made the attack extremely difficult. At 5.40am - A message was sent by a runner to H.Q saying that the battalion was held up 100 yards from an enemy strong point (thought to be Bremen Redoubt) and that most of the R.D.F. assaulting waves had been killed or wounded. At 7.25am - A pigeon message was sent repeating this message. The attack failed with very heavy casualties.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum), Jonty Wild