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2323856   Sergeant John Rainey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 16/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Corps of Signals (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/06/1916
Died: 28/12/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
It is believed that this is the man commemorated on Moy War Memorial. However, there is NO EVIDENCE at present to collaborate this. John Rainey was the son of Henry and Ann Jane Rainey. He was born on 13th June 1916 in the Omagh area. Sergeant John Rainey was serving with 1 Independent Troop Signal Section, part of the Royal Corps of Signals when he was killed on 28th December 1944 in the Antwerp area, possibly as the result of a V1 attack.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Geel War Cemetery
  Antwerp, Antwerpen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave II-B-18
CWGC Casualty 2806682
Summary      
Geel is located midway between Antwerpen (46 kilometres), Hasselt (38 kilometres) and Leuven. In the early part of September 1944, Geel was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting encountered by Commonwealth troops since they had left Normandy. The 50th (Northumbrian) Division and the 15th Scottish Division were both involved here in the forcing of crossings of the Albert Canal and the Meuse-Escaut Canal, necessary for the advance into Holland. Some of the casualties they suffered were originally buried in a meadow near the centre of the commune, and some in the St. Dymphna civil cemetery; these graves were later moved into Geel War Cemetery. The cemetery contains 400 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, six of them unidentified.
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Local Memorial Details

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1 Moy War Memorial - WWII Moy
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of Sergeant John Rainey's gravestone
2 V1 Rockets - Antwerp City of Death Details of the huge rocket bombardments on Antwerp in early 1945.
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant John Rainey's gravestone can be purchased here
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