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Accession No: mha00000350
Title: Beaumont Hamel
Dates: 1921
Location: MF-0006 MHA
Provenance: Raley, Arthur, Rev.
Extent: 1 cm.
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Rev. Arthur Raley (1890-1964) was Grimethorpe's longest serving vicar from 1931 to 1949. He was also a Major in the first Battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Raley was a bachelor, born in 1890 and educated at Bedford. He served in the First World War as a staff officer in Gallipoli and France on the staff of the 88th Brigade, where he was gassed and wounded, with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. For his actions at Ypres he was awarded the Military Cross. He was mentioned in dispatches and was also awarded the French and Belgium Croix de Guerre. Before his service in the war he was a member of the English medical missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s Labrador Expedition of 1911-1912. He was a keen scouter and had been a staff officer for the 1929 'Coming of Age' Jamboree at Arrowe Park in Liverpool. In the Second World War he served with the Champlain's Branch of the Royal Air Force and was mentioned in dispatches. For many seasons he was captain of the Grimethorpe Cricket Team, and was one of the few players in the area who could boast of having played with W.G. Grace, shortly after leaving school in 1908.

He died on 11 June 1964 at his home at 3 Merton Road, Bedford. In his will he left £3695.

Biography provided by Father Ian McCormack, Vicar of Grimethorpe with Brierley.
Scope and Content: Personal handwritten account by Rev. Arthur Raley on the events leading up to and including the advance at Beaumont Hamel in 1916, with an account by Major R. Butler describing the raid of the first battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright restrictions do apply. The archive provides copies only for the purposes of research and private study. The recipient of the copies is responsible for contacting the copyright holder if the material is to be published.
Custodial History: Unknown.
Local Note: Published in The Book of Newfoundland Vol. 6 in 1967 as "The Deadly First of July Drive".
Subject: Great Britain. Army. Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
Subject: World War, 1914-1918
Subject: Beaumont Hamel (France).
Authors_Personal Name: Raley, Arthur, Rev.
Authors_Personal Name: Butler, R., Major

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