1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private 12376
9th Bn., Essex Regiment
who died on Friday, 29th June 1917.


War Graves Commission

Casualty Details      41159  


Born in Finchingfield on 2nd July 1887.

Son of John and Jane Saunders, of Rayne Hall Green, Braintree, Essex, although Jane had probably died before Charles was killed.

Charles went to Rayne School, being admitted on 16th October 1899, leaving on 9th May 1905 and became a labourer. He had an older brother Ernest and a younger sister Daisy.

When Charles was enrolled at Rayne School, he had moved from Gosfield which is where Daisy was born. Enlisted at Chelmsford. .

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Duisans and Etrun are villages in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 9 kilometres west of Arras. The Cemetery lies in Etrun but takes its name from the nearer village of Duisans. It is one kilometre north of Duisans on the D339 road off the Route nationale N39 (Arras-St Pol), in the angle of the Arras Habarcq road and a track leading to Haute-Avesnes.

Duisans and the neighbourhood came under British occupation in March, 1916, but it was not until February, 1917, that the site of this Cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. The first burials took place in March; and from the beginning of April the Cemetery grew very quickly under the pressure of casualties in the 8th Casualty Clearing Station (until April, 1918), the 19th (until March, 1918), and the 41st (until July, 1917).

The Battles of Arras, 1917, and the subsequent trench warfare are the historical background to these graves. From May to August, 1918, the Cemetery was used by Divisions and smaller fighting units for burials from the front line. In the Autumn of 1918 the 23rd, 1st Canadian and 4th Canadian Clearing Stations remained at Duisans for two months, and the 7th was there from November, 1920.

There are now over 3,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Two British graves were obliterated by shell fire, and the names are recorded on special memorials. In Plot II, Row A, there are buried, side by side, two brothers, an Officer and a Private, who died of wounds at Duisans on the same day. .

Theatre of War:

In June 1917 the 9th Essex Regiment were taking part in the fighting around the city of Arras. They were in trenches to the East of the village of Monchy-le - Preaux. They were attempting to drive the Germans from the high ground that overlooked Arras.