1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private 3/2272
"C" Coy. 9th Bn., Essex Regiment
who died on Tuesday, 13th July 1915.
Age 27.


War Graves Commission

Casualty Details      92451  


Date of birth 28th January 1888.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hance, of Gore Terrace, Rayne, Braintree, Essex. George senior was a carpenter.

George was one of a family of nine. Samuel, George and Edward were the oldest - all three killed in the war; Lily, Frederick, Willie, Leonard, Herbert and Daisy were the youngest. George went to Rayne School, being admitted on 7th January 1895, leaving on 1st February 1901 to work as a groom.

George enlisted in Chelmsford. Went to France 30th May 1915.

Panel Number:

CALVAIRE (ESSEX) MILITARY CEMETERY, PLOEGSTEERT, Comines-Wameton, Hainaut, Belgium II. A. 4. Calvaire (Essex) Military Cemetery is located 16 km from leper town centre, on a road leading from the N365, connecting leper to Wijtschate, Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From leper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the leper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. 2 km after passing through the village of Ploegsteert lies the left hand turning onto Witteweg (Chemin de la Blanche). The cemetery lies 1 km along the Witteweg on the left hand side of the road.

The cemetery is beside a building known as Essex House. It was begun in November, 1914, by the 2nd Essex and 2nd Monmouthshire Regiments (Rows A to M of Plot I); continued by the 9th Royal Fusiliers and the 11th Middlesex Regiment (Plot I, RowO), the 7th Suffolk and 9th Essex Regiments (Plot II), the 6th Buffs (Plot III), and the 1/7th and 1/8th Worcestershire Regiment (Plot IV, Rows A to C); and completed by the 11th Queen's Royal West Surrey and 10th Royal West Kent Regiments (except for two later burials) in June and July, 1916.

It is an example of the regimental cemeteries of which very many were made in 1914 and 1915. The cemetery was in German hands from the 10th April to the 29th September, 1918. There are now over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery. The cemetery covers an area of 1,547 square metres and is enclosed by a brick wall (except on the road frontage). .

Theatre of War:

In July 1915 the 9th Essex Regiment were in a relatively quiet sector of the trenches to the south of Ypres. Although there were no major battles taking place, a number of casualties were sustained each day through shell and sniper fire.