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About the study
The Raynham name has been researched by myself since 1990 and today it roots can be traced directly back to John RAINEHAM (1560-1634) who lived and worked at Brettenham, Suffolk, England. An extensive database has been produced and continues tobe updated as and when additional data is found or has been forwarded to me.
Worldwide the name can be found in Australia, Canada, South Africa and the USA.
History of the name
No known Raynhams rose to National prominence however a few do deserve a mention and include:
- Frederick Phillip Raynham (1893-1954), pioneer aviator who tried to fly the Atlantic in just prior to Alcock and Brown's successful non-stop flight. Freddie later went on to Chief Test Pilot for Sopwith, undertook surveying routes for Imperial Airways and at the outbreak of war he joined the R.A.F. Air Accident Investigation Service.
- Harry Frederick Raynham (1919-1944) whist serving with the RAAF 463 Squadron was shot down and killed in his Lancaster bomber at Arnhem in 1944.
- Eustace Frederick Raynham DSO (1865-1939) born in Suffolk, England became Secretary to the De Beers mining company at Kimberley, SA and fought in the Siege of Kimberley (Boar War) for which he was awarded the DSO.