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- James Wyllie Raeburn -

Unknown person Name : James Wyllie Raeburn.

Son of John Wyllie Raeburn and Sarah Jane Raeburn (née Potter).

Born 1884 Islington, London.
  Census Information :

1891 : John and Sarah Raeburn, with their children including James aged 7, are at 15, Worsley Road, Carisbrooke, Newport. John Raeburn is a Warder at the Convict Prison.

1901 : John and Sarah Raeburn, with their children including James aged 17, are at 6, Worsley Road, Carisbrooke, Newport. John Raeburn is a Principal Warder, Prison Service. James Raeburn is a Solicitor's Clerk.

1911 : John and Sarah Raeburn are at Ingle Newk, Avondale Road, Newport. He is now a Pensioner of the Prison Service.

  Service details :

Private 1015422 James Wyllie Raeburn, 72nd Bn. Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment).

  Casualty Details :

Died : 12th August 1918 aged 34.

Commemorated at : Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

CWGC record ...

Veteran Affairs Canada record ...

The Canadian Forces Burial record states :

"While on duty in the front line trenches, near CHILLY, at about 8 p.m. August 12th 1918, he was instantly killed by enemy shell fire."
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Newport War Memorial (as RAEBURN, W)
Ventnor St Alban's Church Memorial Scroll
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle (as RAEBURN, W)

  Documents :


Friday, October 4, 1918 Page 2

We regret to hear that Pte. James Wyllie Raeburn, brother of Mr. W.R. Raeburn, has been killed in action. He was known to Ventnor people on account of several visits he paid here, and for some time was a member of the Newport Volunteers. A Canadian paper has the following paragraph, with a printed photograph of deceased: "Another member of the Vancouver Bar has given his life for King and country. Word received by his wife on Monday states that Pte. James Wyllie Raeburn had been killed in action in the recent heavy fighting on the western front. Pte. Raeburn had been a resident of Vancouver for several years. He was a nephew of Adolphus Williams, K.C., and a member of the firm of Williams, Walsh, McKim and Hauser, having been called to the bar some months before enlisting. He went overseas nearly a year ago."
  Further Information :

James Raeburn emigrated to Canada on the s.s. Sicilian, from London to Quebec (arriving 10th June 1910), bound eventually for Vancouver, B.C. He was by then a Solicitor.

William Richard Raeburn, mentioned in the report above, was, in 1911 at 6 South Grove Terrace, Ventnor. He was a Solicitor's Managing Clerk.
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Page last updated : 12 August 2011 - thanks to Janet Griffin for newspaper research


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