In Memory of
H C Rayment
7th Bn., Royal Fusiliers
who died on
Tuesday, 30th January 1917. Age 29.
Additional Information: Son of William and Emily Rayment, of High St., Buntingford, Herts.
Husband of Kate Rayment, of High St., Buntingford, Herts.
Cemetery: VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY
Grave Reference/ Panel Number: I. H. 14.
Location: Varennes is a village 11 kilometres from Albert and 18 kilometres from Amiens. Take the D938 from Albert to Doullens. In Hedauville turn left on the D47E towards Varennes. 2 kilometres further on you will come to a crossroads in the village of Varennes where you should turn right. About 300 metres further, turn left following the CWGC sign, and the Cemetery will be found about 500 metres further on the right.
Historical Information: In August, 1916, during the Battles of the Somme, the 39th Casualty Clearing Station laid out the Military Cemetery; but the first burials in it, during August and September, were carried out by the more mobile units, the Field Ambulances of three Divisions. From October, 1916, to May, 1917, the 4th and 11th Clearing Stations used it, and from December, 1916, to May, 1917, the 47th. Then for a year Varennes was deserted; but from April to August, 1918, the Divisions opposed to the German attack in this quarter, particularly the 17th and the 38th (Welsh), extended the Cemetery by Plots II. and III. Lastly, at the beginning of September, 1918, the 3rd Canadian and 59th Casualty Clearing Stations came to Varennes. There are now over 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Military Cemetery stands six feet above the road and is entered by stone steps at the South-West corner, beside the Cross of Sacrifice. The Stone of Remembrance is at the North-East corner. Varennes Communal Cemetery, which stands opposite the Military Cemetery, contains two British graves, of November, 1915, and July, 1916, near the South-West corner.