"Your Country Needs YOU!" - so said Lord Kitchener in his famous posters urging men to join during the early period of the Great War when it was known that thousands of extra troops would be needed to augment the regular Army and Territorials.
Hundreds of recruiting stations were set up in towns and cities the length and breadth of the country and Raunds was no exception. Here we list men known to have signed on the dotted line in Raunds. Most were from the town but not all.
Our first entries were those men who did not survive the conflict, but more names have been added as they are discovered, and the search continues.
NAME BORN RANK NUMBER UNIT ADDITIONAL DETAILS Abbott, Ted Ringstead Pte 202973 7th Northants Survived Allen, Henry Raunds Cpl G50496 4th Middlesex KinA, 26/8/1918 Andrews, William Raunds Pte 30913 6th Northants KinA, 1/7/1918 Archer, George Raunds Pte 26411 9th Norfolks KinA, 8/10/1918 Arnold, Harry Mark Pte 19905 Northants Survived Bailey, Stanley Thomas Fus 63838 Royal Fusiliers Survived Briggs, Charles Ludford, Lincs Pte 23054 3rd Northants Died, 19/3/1916 Burton, Arthur Raunds Pte 7543 7th Northants KinA, 18/6/1917 Caress, Henry Gale Pertenhall, Beds Pte 7183 1st Lincolns KinA, 14/9/1914 Coles, Enos Owen Swineshead, Beds Spr WR273897 Royal Engineers Died, 31/10/1918 Collins, Ezra Dennis Pte 205455 2nd Norfolks Survived Copperwheat, Arthur Raunds Pte 65858 3rd Suffolks Survived Culpin, William, Elton, Northants ASgt 7594 1st Northants KinA, 20/3/1916 Dams, Wilfred Blatherwycke, Northants Pte 38542 9th Essex DofW, 19/9/1918 Edwards, Hubert Archibald Pte 202038 4th Essex Survived Elliott, John Wm Raunds Pte 40733 2nd Royal Inniskillings KinA, 1/4/1917 Gilbert, Jasper Raunds Pte 202982 2nd Northants KinA, 31/7/1917 Groom, Alfred Pte 617412 2nd/19th Londons Survived Groom, William H Raunds Pte 41270 1st/6th Northumberlands Died, 28/3/1918 Mayes, Albert Ernest Gnr 172757 13th Siege Battery, RGA Survived Orton, Fred Morris Pte 205336 1st/4th Northants Survived Parker, Ernest Raunds Pte 7207 2nd Gloucesters KinA, 10/5/1915 Reynolds, Charles Raunds Gnr 182441 RHA/RFA DofW, 6/11/1917 Rice, Harry Raunds Pte G14940 7th Royal West Surreys KinA, 24/2/1917 Richards, Robert W Raunds Pte 20180 1st Norfolks KinA, 4/8/1917 Smith, Sydney Raunds Pte 50873 7th Royal Fusliers DofW, 27/5/1918 Smith, William JA Kettering, Northants Pte 89350 Machine Gun Corps KinA, 10/8/1917 Spicer, Jack Raunds Pte 106730 Machine Gun Corps KinA, 21/9/1917 Talbot, Albert John Pte TR1060952 104th Training Reserve Btn Survived Warren, William Arthur Pte 31283 7th Yorks & Lancs Survived Webb, George H Denford Ash, Northants Pte 200298 1st/4th Northants Died, 7/9/1918 White, Ernest Raunds Pte 30920 6th Northants KinA, 5/4/1918 Whitmore, George J Raunds Pte 47339 2nd Northants KinA, 24/3/1918
DofW = Died Of Wounds KinA = Killed In Action