1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private G/42896
2nd Bn., Middlesex Regiment
who died on Wednesday, 27th March 1918.

War Graves
            Casualty_Details :       335812
Personal Information

Date of birth 28th October 1879.

Son of George and Susan Peagram, of The Gore, Rayne. He had two older sisters, Emma and Elizabeth. Alfred married Lucy Ann Humphreys in 1902 and they had five children, Alfred Charles, Arthur, Cyril, Ernest and Vera Margaret, born between 1903 and 1917.

Alfred went to Rayne School, being admitted on 5th December 1885, leaving on 20th June 1890.

Alfred was a bricklayer by trade and at the time of his marriage was living at 30 Park Lane, Hornchurch as a boarder. Alfred enlisted in Warley.

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Assevillers is a village approximately 10 kilometres south-west of Peronne. Assevillers New British Cemetery will be found at the entrance of the village after crossing the A1 motorway and the high speed train line. Assevillers was taken by the French in the autumn of 1916, evacuated by the Fifth Army on the 26th March, 1918, and retaken by the 5th Australian Division on the 28th August, 1918.

A number of cemeteries were made by the French troops at Assevillers, and in one ("E"), at the West end of the village, 13 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried by Field Ambulances in February and March, 1917; they are now reburied in Fouquescourt British Cemetery. Assevillers New British Cemetery was made after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields of the Somme and from other burial grounds.

There are over 800, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, two-fifths are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 25 soldiers and one airman from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of nine soldiers and two airmen from the United Kingdom, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery covers an area of 2,655 square metres and is enclosed by a stone rubble wall.

The following were among the burial grounds from which British graves were brought to Assevillers New British Cemetery:-

BARLEUX GERMAN CEMETERY, about 365 metres North-East of Barleux, in which ten Australian soldiers were buried by their comrades in August and September, 1918.

BOUCHAVESNES (or PERONNE ROAD) GERMAN CEMETERY, between Marrieres Wood and Bouchavesnes, in which seven South African soldiers and three from the United Kingdom were buried by the enemy in March, 1918. It was at Marrieres Wood that the South African Brigade was annihilated on the 24th March, 1918.

ESTREES-DENIECOURT GERMAN CEMETERY, between Estrees and Fay, where two Australian soldiers were buried by the enemy.

FOUCAUCOURT FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, at the South-West comer of the village, where four soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in 1915 and 1917.

HIGHWAY CEMETERY, GAPPY, a French Military Cemetery midway between Gappy and Herbecourt, where six men of the R.H.A. and one Australian soldier were buried in August and September, 1918.

HYENCOURT-LE-GRAND GERMAN CEMETERY, made by the 61st Infantry Regiment on the Chaulnes-Marchelepot road, where two R.A.F. officers were buried in May, 1918.

KIBOKO WOOD CEMETERY, BIACHES, by a small copse between Biaches and Flaucourt, where 30 United Kingdom soldiers were buried by the 40th Division in February and March, 1917. All but one belonged to the Royal Warwick’s, and twenty of these to the 1st/6th Battalion.

MISERY CHATEAU GERMAN CEMETERY, where 16 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried by a German Field Hospital in March, 1918.

P.C. HEDEVAUX FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, 548 metres South of Belloy-en-Santerre, where ten soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried by their comrades in February and March, 1917. (P.C. means Poste de Commandment.)

PLANTATION CEMETERY, a French Military Cemetery in the large Orchard 914 metres East of Cappy, where one United Kingdom soldier was buried in February, 1917, and four Australian in August and September, 1918.

VAUVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, in which four soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in March,1918. were reburied.

VERMANDOVILLERS FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, at the West end of the village, where two United Kingdom soldiers were buried in March, 1917, by their comrades.

Theatre of War

n March 1917 the German Army launched its final all out attack on the Western Front, the attacks were wide spread, on the French and Americans in Champagne and on the British around Arras and in the Somme Area. In some sectors they came perilously close to succeeding. All available troops, including cooks, medical orderlies and headquarters staff were used to stem their advance. The Middlesex Regiment was defending the south of the British line between around Assevillers between Amiens and Peronne, by the middle of April they had been pushed back to the outskirts of Amiens, but the line held, and that was the limit of the German Advance.