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14/11/2016 Intimation has just come to hand of the death of Private Robert Rainey, of Garvaghey, County Tyrone, who succumbed to pneumonia after an illness of only a few days duration. Private Rainey was amongst the first to volunteer for active service after the war broke out, joining the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Tyrone Volunteers). He was with his regiment in France when his death occurred. The deceased, who was a son of Mr and Mrs George Rainey, has an older brother, Private John Rainey, previously a member of the R.I.C., undergoing training with the Irish Guards.
14/11/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st December 1915: Private Robert Rainey (brother of William Rainey)
30/12/2015 Corporal William John Rainey, Irish Guards, killed in action, was a son of Mr George Rainey, Garvaghey, Ballygawley. His brother Robert died of wounds in France some time ago and another brother, James, who joined up with the Australians, was wounded last year and is unfit for further service.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 23 May 1918:
30/12/2015 The CWGC records William John as the son of George and Mary Rainey, of Garvaghey, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
30/12/2015 Lance Corporal William Rainey was one of three soldier sons. William George and Robert Rainey were killed and the third was discharged on account of wounds.
30/12/2015 Lance Corporal William John Rainey was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was was killed in action on 4th May 1918. Lance Corporal Rainey was 33 years old.
30/12/2015 William John Rainey was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary before enlisting.
30/12/2015 Family: George Rainey, Mary Rainey, William John Rainey (born about 1885), Charlotte Rainey (born about 1885), John Rainey (born about 1887), James Rainey (born about 1889), Margaret Rainey (born about 1891), Robert Rainey (born about 1893), Annie Rainey (born about 1896), Susanna Rainey (born about 1896).
30/12/2015 The 1911 census records that the family still lived in Garvaghy, Errigal, Ballygawley. William John was not living with them.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census does not show William as living with the family in Garvaghy, Errigal, Ballygawley, County Tyrone. George Rainey was a farmer.
30/12/2015 William John Rainey was the son of George and Mary Rainey. Robert was born about 1885 in Errigal, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
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