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Sidney Raines, born on 23 October 1895, was the son of Mark and Caroline Raines, of Colonel’s Lane, Boughton. He was baptised at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton, on Christmas Day 1895. In the 1911 census, Sidney was 16, working as a milk boy and living at Stockers Hill along with his older brother William, younger brothers Norman and Stanley, and younger sisters May and Lily
Private Raines was reported missing on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, but official notification of his death was not received by his parents until early in 1917.
Private Raines is remembered with honour at Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No 2, Auchonvillers, Somme, France, where his grave reference is B. 17. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.
Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No.2 was made by the V Corps in the spring of 1917, and seven isolated graves were brought in after the Armistice. There are now over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 50 are unidentified. The great majority fell on the 1st July, 1916.
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National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No 2