Frederick John RAYNER

RAYNER, Frederick John

Service Number: 7323
Enlisted: 9 March 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia , 1888
Home Town: Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of wounds, France, 20 July 1918
Cemetery: Longueau British Cemetery, Somme, France
Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Eaglehawk Uniting Church Honour Board and Memorial Windows
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World War 1 Service

9 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, 7323, Tunnelling Companies
4 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 7323, Tunnelling Companies, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Aug 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, 7323, Tunnelling Companies, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
13 Mar 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, France
19 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 7323, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
20 Jul 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 7323, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, SW to mouth sustained near Villers-Bretonneux. Evacuated to 6th Aust Field Ambulance where he died of his wounds later the same day.

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

A miner prior to enlistment, Sapper 7323 (late Private) Frederick John Rayner of Eaglehawk, Vic. embarked from Melbourne with the March 1917 Reinforcements of the Tunnelling Companies on board HMAT Themistocles (A32) on 4 August 1917.

Pte Rayner was taken on strength and transferred to the 2nd Pioneers Battalion in March 1918.

He was wounded in the neck at Villers Bretonneux on 20 July 1918 and was transferred to the 6th Australian Field Ambulance, where he later died on the same day, aged 29.