Alfred Charles Rayment

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Alfred Charles Rayment

  • Birth 1893 Little Thurrock, Thurrock Unitary Authority, Essex, England
  • Death 7 Sep 1940 Purfleet, Thurrock Unitary Authority, Essex, England
  • Burial Grays, Thurrock Unitary Authority, Essex, England
  • Plot Sec. 6, Grave 101.
  • Memorial ID 49752778

Civilian Casualty of WWII,Alfred was 46/47, the husband of Florence Mary Rayment, who was later laid to rest with him. He was killed by enemy action at Anglo-American Oil Works, Purfleet.The site is now operated by Esso. At the time, two tankers, the Hope Mount and the Amsterdam were berthed at the Jetty. The attack started at about 5.00pm and lasted for about an hour.During this time, 20 High Explosive bombs hit the oil works and started huge fires whilst at the same time, a great air battle was raging overhead. Eye witnesses claimed that at one time, no less than 15 parachutes could be seen in the skies. The fires continued to burn over the weekend occupying 600 firemen. Of these 200 were overcome by fumes when the distillation plant exploded-and one fireman and 5 employees were killed, one of these being Alfred.
He lived at 7 Hampden Road, Grays.Inquest held in THURROCK, URBAN DISTRICT.
Births Dec 1893
Rayment Alfred Charles Orsett 4a 448
Deaths Sep 1940
Rayment Alfred C 47 Thurrock 4a 1070


His son Sergeant (Air Gunner)Ronald Charles Rayment was killed in action on 16th March 1945, whilst serving in 170 Sqdn.Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was 24 and was interred in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY;Grave Ref:9. B. 21.
Both are commemorated on the Grays War Memorial.



Other casualties of this incident were:

John Henry Barry, 44 of 11 Palmers Avenue, Grays
Ernest Claydon,33 of 9 Orchard Drive, Grays-Works Fireman
*Ernest Leonard Hoath,53 of 12 River View Flats, Purfleet
*Kenneth George Pearson,26 of 21 Grovelands Way, Purfleet
*Harold Weightman, 47 AFS Fireman attached to Southend-on-Sea. He lived at 84 Fleetwood Avenue, Westcliff.

*-memorials exist on findagrave
Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the 1939-1945 War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George's Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.




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  • Maintained by: caroline
  • Originally Created by: geoffrey gillon
  • Added: 15 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49752778
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Charles Rayment (1893–7 Sep 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49752778, citing Grays New Cemetery, Grays, Thurrock Unitary Authority, Essex, England ; Maintained by caroline (contributor 47226368) .