Rainey, Robert Boyd (No. 12/23295)

Rainey, Robert Boyd

Corporal

No. 12/23295, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Thursday 7 June 1917 (aged 38)

Buried:

Wytschaete Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave II. E. 15)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Corporal Robert Boyd Rainey (No. 12/23295) was born in Newtownards and enlisted in Belfast.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it was noted that he was a son of William and Agnes Rainey.

Robert Boyd Rainey was born on 18 September 1879 in Little Francis Street, Newtownards and he was a son of William and Agnes Rainey (nee Boyd) who were married on 6 January 1868 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (then Bangor Abbey).  William Rainey, a carpenter from Bangor, was a son of John Rainey, a weaver.  Agnes Boyd (aged 20) from Bangor was a daughter of James Boyd, a publican.

[Before 1882, Bangor Abbey was the only Church of Ireland Church in Bangor and was referred to as Bangor Parish Church.  When Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) opened in 1882 it became known as Bangor Parish Church, or the New Church.  Bangor Abbey was referred to as the Old Church and remained within Bangor Parish until 1939.]

William and Agnes Rainey (nee Boyd) had at least three children:

John (born 9 June 1869 in South Street, Newtownards)

Thomas (born 11 June 1871 in Zion Place, Newtownards)

Unnamed (Robert Boyd, born 18 September 1879)

Corporal Robert Boyd Rainey (No. 12/23295) served with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was killed in action on 7 June 1917, the first day of the Battle of Messines.

Corporal Robert Boyd Rainey (No. 12/23295) was buried in Wytschaete Military Cemetery in Belgium and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

THE SAVIOUR CALLED TO HIM

AND SAID COME NOW

AND TAKE THY REST

The family contact for the inscription was Mrs J. Evans, 92 Redcar Street, Castlereagh Road, Belfast.