No. 18/949, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 27)
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)
Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that David Rainey was born in Ballygowan, lived in Comber and enlisted in Newtownards.
David Rainey Stewart was born on 30 October 1888 in the townland of Tullyhubbert, Ballygowan and he was a son of Annie Stewart who worked as a domestic servant and seamstress. David Rainey Stewart dropped the surname Stewart and used David Rainey as his full name.
In 1901, Annie Stewart and her son, David Rainey (aged 12), were living with Annie’s sister, Margaret Jane Stewart, and Margaret’s son, William Robert Bennett, in the townland of Tullyhubbert, Ballygowan. Margaret Jane Stewart worked as a domestic servant and seamstress. William Robert Bennett Stewart was born on 19 July 1885 in the townland of Tullyhubbert, Ballygowan and later he dropped the surname Stewart and used William Robert Bennett as his full name.
In 1911, David Rainey (aged 22), was working as a farm servant for the Jamison family in the townland of Ballycreely, Ballygowan.
Rifleman David Rainey served in France with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Initially he was reported as missing in action and in May 1917 it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action. At that time his mother was living in the townland of Tullygirvan, Ballygowan.
Rifleman David Rainey (No. 18/949) was 27 when he died, and he has no known grave.
Rifleman David Rainey (No. 18/949) is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.