The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Rayner
First Name:
Leslie Robert
Nick Name:
Les
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9357
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
26.02.1918
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Henry Richard Rayner
Mothers's Name:
Emily Rayner (nee Porter)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 2, Row E, Grave 6, Age 24.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
2/13th Australian General Hospital
Date of Death:
27.02.1942

General Description

Les Rayner was buried at the Military Cemetery Changi on the main road approximately 70 yards north of 13 mile peg and approximately 40 yards on south side of the road, map reference 014188. Funeral service conducted by Senior Chaplain M. Jones A.I.F. Details were noted and left in a bottle at head of the grave by Captain A.W. Thomas.

Les had been wounded in action on 15.2.1942 at Buona Vista. Admitted to  2/13th Australian General Hospital with shrapnel wounds to both legs, one leg being amputated.

 

L.R. Rayner

 

Hughes R Elliott J McDonald C Rayner L, Woodside SA
Hughes R, Elliott J, McDonald C. Rayner L, Woodside SA

 

Murray L Raynor L Hughes R McDonald C McGhee A Noalunga Beach SA
Murray L Rayner L Hughes R McDonald C McGhee A,  Noalunga Beach SA

 

Frank Kirwin, Jim Elliott, Harold (Tony) Saw, Les Raynor
Frank Kirwin, Jim Elliott, Harold (Tony) Saw, Les Rayner

 

Henry Rayner and Emily Clayton (nee Porter) married in 1915, Pilbara.  Emily had twin daughters Flo and Doris.

Henry was Hotel Manager at Marble Bar from at least 1912 through to 1922.  Les would have spent his early years growing up here.  In 1925 the Rayner family were at the Hotel at Coongan, which of course not longer standing.  This premises were obviously very close to Marble Bar at Coongan River.

 

Les was the second of three sons.  His brothers Harry enlisted with AIF and brother George enlisted with RAAF.    He also had two step-sisters Flo and Doris.

When he enlisted Les was recorded on the Electoral Roll as living at Nabawah, farming.  His father Henry was publican at Nabawah from 1930 through to 1938 when the family moved to Toodyay.

 

 

 

 

Emily Rayner who was born in Norfolk, England died 13 February 1977 at Inglewood.  Her parents Robert and Elizabeth Porter, resided in Leederville.

Robert Porter died in 1943 and Elizabeth died in 1953.

 

 

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