159733 Pte. Walter David Raybould

Regina Trench Cemetery


Near Courcelette


Born in Southampton, England, in 1893, Walter signed on in March, 1916, in Toronto.

A resident of Oakville, Ontario, a labourer by trade, with previous military experience noted in the Governor General's Body Guard, Walter originally attested on March 8th, 1916, into the 81st Battalion.

390 men of the 81st Battalion were transferred into the 4th CMR in mid to late June 1916, which needed rebuilding after their huge losses in the "Battle for Mount Sorrel". Walter joined the 4th CMR in the field on June 29th, 1916.

At the time of Walter's loss, on October 1st, 1916, the 4th CMR was involved in costly actions attacking Regina Trench, in which some 70 men of the 4th CMR were lost.

Pte. Walter Raybould is one of 15 men of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles who are known to lie at rest in the Regina Trench Military Cemetery, Grandcourt, France.

Headstone image, thanks to Gord McKeekan, and biography excerpt courtesy of David Kavanagh.