RAYNE, Geoffrey Middleton Randall

1881 - 1973

Geoffrey Rayne

Born at Ealing, Middlesex on 28 August 1881, his father was a serving officer in India with Geoffrey living with friends in the UK. On 15 January 1896, Rayne joined the Royal Navy serving as a midshipman on HMS REVENGE in 1897, having spent time aboard the training ship BRITANNIA. Promoted lieutenant in June 1903, lieutenant-commander in June 1911 and a full commander in June 1916. He served in Halifax, the naval airship station at Muchos, where he commanded the balloon ship HMS HECTOR, and again during the Dardanelles campaign. He was appointed to HMS HERCULES just after the Battle of Jutland and then in 1917 to HMS RESOLUTION, both attached to the Grand Fleet. He retired in 1927, but was recalled to the Service on the outbreak of the Second World War and served during 1942-43 as Senior British Naval Officer in Curacao, for which he was awarded the Order of the Orange Nassau. He ended the War as Senior Officer Commanding H.M.S. Lucifer (Avonmouth), 1944, reverting to the Retired List in October 1945.. He married at St Giles, London in 1909 Claudine Helen Kempson (1879-1961) and they had two daughters and a son. He travelled abroad several time including Canada in 1903, and with his wife, Gibraltar in 1923, Curacao in 1941, when living in Dedham, Essex and in 1950 to Jamaica, when his address is given as West Emsworth, Hampshire. In 1932 he exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from Old Chapel House, East Bergholt, Suffolk, two watercolours 'Moreton Heath, Dorset' and 'Sweet Peas'. He died at Chichester, Sussex in 1973.