b. 07/10/1881 Richmond, Surrey. d. 19/02/1949 Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Rayfield was 36 years old, and a private in the 7th (1st British Columbia) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
From 2–4 September 1918 during the operations east of Arras, France, Private Rayfield, ahead of his company, rushed a trench occupied by a large party of the enemy, bayoneting two and taking 10 prisoners. Later, after engaging with great skill an enemy sniper, he rushed the section of the trench from which the sniper had been operating and so demoralised the enemy that 30 others surrendered to him. Subsequently, regardless of personal safety, he left cover under heavy machine-gun fire and carried in a badly wounded comrade.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM, OTTAWA, CANADA.
BURIAL PLACE: PROSPECT CEMETERY, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA.
Walter Rayfield's medals including VC on display at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa (from their website).
SECTION 7, GRAVE 4196