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Rayner Harris

Roll of Honour, new Sandon School, and dedication tablet erected by Sandon Old Boy's Association (photo G. Fortune) - Image has All Rights Reserved

Roll of Honour, new Sandon School, and dedication tablet erected by Sandon Old Boy's Association (ph …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rayner AWMM
  • Surname
    Harris AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 10/1516 AWMM
    • WWI 2/1516a AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 December 1894 AWMM KimboltonManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 15 December 1914 AWMM Ohura Road, Raetihi, King Country, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John George Harris (father), Raetihi, King Country, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 10/1516 AWMM
    • WWI 2/1516a AWMM
  • Military service
    11 Wellington Infantry AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 15 December 1914 AWMM Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 6 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 1 pound AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded, spine, abdomen and left foot by schrapnel in action 30 June 1917, France vertebra severed AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Rayner Harris was the son of John George and Beatrice Ellen Harris, of Runciman, Auckland.

    Rayner was paralysed, after treatment in an Australian Casualty Clearing Station and Hospitals in England he was invalided to new Zealand aboard the HS Marama. His condition deteriorated after discharge from service and he was to moved, then died at the Military Hospital also called the Rotorua Sanitorium, in Rotorua.

    Service number changed on the service record to 2/1516a AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    RotoruaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sandon Cemetery, Sanson, Manawatu District, New Zealand AWMM Row L. Plot 8. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Roll of Honour, new Sandon School, Sanson, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM

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    Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is the New Zealand agent for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). As agents for CWGC we are responsible for graves of personnel who died between 4 August 1914 and 31 August 1921 and 3 September 1939 and 31 December 1947.

    Gunner Rayner Harris has what we call an official Commonwealth War Grave (,-rayner/). An inspector visited his grave late last year and identified some major maintenance we would like to undertake on his grave site.

    If you are connected to this soldiers who fell in war please email us at [email protected] so we can discuss our proposed plans.
    Public - Becky - Researcher - 13 August 2020
  • Rayner was one of 8 children born to John and Beatrice Harris of kimbolton. He was born in 1894 and died of wounds in Rotorua in 1918.. if you are related to him we are related --- PLEASE make contact with me... Thanks
    Public - Leonard Harris - Other relative - 18 June 2016



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23 July 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
13 August 2020BeckyWellingtonResearcher
18 June 2016Leonard HarrisNew ZealandOther relative

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