Edgar Charles Francis RAYNER

RAYNER, Edgar Charles Francis

Service Number: 2755
Enlisted: 14 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Neilborough,Victoria, Australia, January 1895
Home Town: Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Memorials: Eaglehawk Uniting Church Honour Board and Memorial Windows
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World War 1 Service

14 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2755, Melbourne, Victoria
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2755, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2755, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
6 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 2755, 8th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Ross Martin

Edgar (or Edward) Charles Francis RAYNER was born in Neilborough, Victoria (north of Bendigo) in 1895.

His family had lived at Eaglehawk but at his time of enlistment his next of kin, his Mother Mrs. Matilda Rayner was living in Georgina Street Sandringham. 

She later returned to Victoria Street Eaglehawk.

On his enlistment form (dated 17/7/1915) he stated that he was single but he must have married prior to his departure because in 1916 his wife, Eileen M Rayner wrote to the Army requesting information and was told to supply proof of marriage before they would deal with her. She was living at 13 Grandison Street Moonee Ponds.

He left Australia on 27/10/1915 aboard the HMAT Ulysses as part of the 24th Battalion reinforcements and was transferred to the 8th Battalion on 24/8/1916.

He was reported sick on a number of occasions but returned to Australia unwounded on 14/5/1919 and was discharged on 6/7/1919.

He was eligible for the 14/15 Star, BWM, and Victory Medals.

Moving to Sunbury after discharge he opened a blacksmith business in Macedon Street Sunbury. He was also a foundation member and on the committee of the Sunbury RSL.

His elder brother, Frederick John Rayner died of wounds on 20/7/1918 and is buried near Amiens.