RAINEY, William James
(Service number 47076)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||31 March 1881||Place of Birth||Winchester, Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Date||26 January 1917||Age||35|
|Address at Enlistment||Danebury, Mayfield, Mid Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Miss Margaret Rainey (sister), Clandeboye, Temuka, New Zealand|
|Medical Information||5 foot 5 inches in height, weight 9 stone, chest 33 1/2 - 35 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||25th Reinforcements, J Company|
|Date||26 April 1917|
|Transport||Tofua (HMNZT 83)|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With||C Company 3rd Battalion, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Last Unit Served With||C Company 3rd Battalion, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||British War Medal and Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
28 June 1918 - evacuated sick from the field and admitted 3 NZ Field Hospital - pyrexia (fever of unknown origin - further transfers to other hospitals in France; 27 July 1918 - admitted to No1 NZ General Hospital Brockenhurst - valvular disease of the heart; Died 21 August 1918
|Date||21 August 1918||Age||37|
|Place of Death||No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England|
|Cause||Died of heart disease - ulcerative endocarditis|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England|
|Memorial Reference||Plot A, Row 3, Grave 18|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial|
William, the youngest son of William (1850-1922) and Agnes (nee Shanks, 1853-1921) Rainey, was born at Winchester, South Canterbury, on 31 March 1881. His parents had come out to NZ from Belfast, Ireland, and married here in 1880. William was educated at the Geraldine Flat and Orton schools.
When he enlisted for service at Ashburton on 26 January 1917, William was working as a farm labourer for Mr Richard Austin of “Danebury” Mayfield. Described as being single, aged 35 years, Presbyterian, single, 5 foot 5 inches tall, weighing 9 stone, his chest measuring 33 ½ - 35 inches, having a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He had previously been rejected for military service with foot problems. He nominated his sister Margaret, whose address was Clandeboye, Temuka, as his next of kin and the beneficiary of his will.
After training with J Company, NZ Rifle Brigade, he left with the reinforcements from Wellington aboard Tofua (HMNZT 83) bound for England on 26 April 1917. Further training followed in England at Sling, Codford and Brocton camps until leaving for France on 7 December and posted to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade. On 28 June 1918, he was evacuated sick from the field and admitted to 3 NZ Field Ambulance suffering from pyrexia (fever) of uncertain origin. Further transfers to other hospitals in France followed until 27 July, when he was transferred to England on SS Western Australia, and admitted to No1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst on 27 July with valvular disease of the heart. On 10 August he was placed on the seriously ill list and died on 21 August, the cause of death being ulcerative endocarditis. William was buried two days later by the Rev W.R. Hutchinson in the Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England in Plot A, Row 3, Grave 18.
After the war William’s father was forwarded a scroll and plaque along with his British War and Victory Medals. Williams name is commemorated on Temuka War Memorial, the Mayfield Memorial Hall and the Timaru Cenotaph. His brother George (48863 Private, 13th Company, 2 Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment) also served overseas in France in 1918.
New Zealand ANZACs in the Great War 1914-1918 at http://nzef.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=211412; Every Man Remebered at http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/362606/; NZBDM Historical Records at https://bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz; Ancestry.com.au; Nelson Evening Mail 21 August 1918 p3 and Timaru Herald 21 August 1919 p6, courtesy of Papers Past at http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz; Clare Church “New Zealand Graves Brockenhurst” p208
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John Sutherland (SC branch NZSG); Ted Hansen, SC branch NZSG
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