CFHS code : CL53

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ARCHIE ROBERT RAYNER d Feb 1st 1947 aged 47 also son of above BENNIT ARCHIE LEONARD RAYNER d May 19th 1926 aged 18 months illegible also wife of the above MARY ELIZABETH RAYNER d March 24th 1982 aged 81

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder (base)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202388, 0.13817783 – click here for location

Rayner monument 2017



Archie Robert Rayner (18 July 1899 – 1 February 1947)

Archie was the son of William and Sarah and grew up at 4 Oxford Road (1901) and 4 Garden Walk (1911). His father was an army pensioner and doorkeeper at the Fitzwilliam Museum and his mother was a college laundress. In November 1916 he enlisted in the army, and from his enlistment papers it is known he was 5ft 2″ tall. He married Mary Bather in 1923 and they had at least three sons: Bennit Archie Leonard (1924-1926), Donald Hugh (1928-1997) and  Roger Samuel (1930-1993). In 1930 the family were living at 50 Park Street. Archie worked at the Guildhall as the cleaning foreman, and by 1939 the family had moved to live at 10 Chestnut Grove. He died at home aged 47 years old.

Bennit Archie Leonard Rayner (1924 – 19 May 1926)

Bennit died at Guildhall Place and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 17 September. He was named after his maternal uncle Bennit Wynne Bather  (1903-1985).

Mary Elizabeth Rayner (née Bather)  (7 April 1900 – 24 March 1982)

Mary was born in Glyn Ceiriog, Denbighshire, Wales, a small village to the south of Wrexham and was the daughter of slate quarryman Samuel Bather and Emily (née Griffiths). She died in Cambridge aged 81 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Archie Robert Rayner; Bennit Archie Leonard Rayner; Mary Elizabeth Rayner