RAYNE, Geoffrey Middleton Randall

1881 - 1973

Geoffrey Rayne

Geoffrey Middleton Randall Rayne, was born at Ealing, Middlesex on 20 August 1881, son of Middleton Rayne, M.Inst.C.E., Engineer in Chief of the Indus State Railway, and his wife Maria née Randelall, Middleton's diaries are in the India Office Records at the British Library. On 15 January 1896, Geoffrey joined the Royal Navy serving as a midshipman on HMS Revenge on 15 September 1897, having spent time aboard the training ship Britannia. Promoted lieutenant to the 'Alert' on 1 July 1903, lieutenant-commander in June 1911 and after the Battle of Jutland, a full commander in June 1916. He served in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 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 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 1942-1943 as Senior British Naval Officer in Curacao in the Caribbean, with the rank of Consular Captain, and 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 times including Canada in 1903, and together with his wife, to Gibraltar in 1923 and 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' and he also exhibited in Curacao in 1943 and at the Chichester Art Society, which he help found in 1937 and was its chairman for some seven years 1949-1956. His paintings were mostly landscapes of his travels in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Venice, Gibraltar and the Caribbean. He died at Little Orchard, Prinsted, Emsworth, Hampshire on 16 July 1973.

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