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Raymond was born in Wolverhampton on 30 October 1895, the son of George Harry Daniels (1861 – 1952) and Mary Elizabeth (Holmes) (1865 – 1943). His father worked as a cashier with the Wolverhampton Council Municipal rates department. Raymond attended the Higher Grade School, the Wolverhampton Grammar School, and the Harper-Adams College, near Newport. At the latter he received diplomas with honours in agricultural subjects. In 1901, they were at 155 Broad Lane, Victoria Terrace, Penn, and by 1911, he was living with his parents at 65 Finchfield Road, along with his sister, Helena Margaret. He later worked for the Land Valuation Office, Dudley district.
When war broke out, he enlisted with the 1st/6th South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3024), and was wounded at the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13 October 1915. He rose from Private to being Captain, and was later wounded at the front again, before he was transferred to the Trench Mortar Batteries. According to an article in the Express & Star on 21 October 1918, he was awarded the Military Medal, as follows:
Four mortars of his battery were barraging during a raid by the infantry. Several minutes after zero a heavy bombardment of the area in which the mortars were in action commenced, many shells falling very close to the open position of the mortars. It was largely due to the excellent example and forceful direction of this officer that the mortars kept up their rate of fire under exceedingly difficult conditions.
The London Gazette citation stated he hadbeen awarded the Military Medal “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in command of a trench mortar battery.”
Raymond survived the war, marrying Mary Hartill (1898-1986) on 28 Jan 1920 at Codsall, Wolverhampton. From 1922, he was a Major in the Indian Army, and the couple had a son, Guy Legge Raymond Daniels (1922-1938). who was born in India, went to Wellington, and died on Christmas Day of polio. Raymond himself died on 10 February 1969 at Midhurst, Sussex.