Raikes, Peter Patrick

He was the only son of Hugh Percival Raikes MInstCE, of Springfield, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. His mother was Roshilda Allnutt Raikes, the daughter of Major Vicesimus Knox (Wiltshire Regiment); after her husband’s death she lived at Oak Cottage, Harborne.

Raikes became an articled civil engineer in 1933. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers (TA) in 1936, and then gained a regular commission, going with his unit to France in 1939 as a Captain in 1st (Armoured) Division.

He was taken prisoner in 1940 at St. Valery-en-Caux. However, he succeeded twice in escaping from Germany into occupied France, only to be recaptured and taken back. The third time he escaped into southern France, and reached Spain on foot, making it through to Gibraltar on September 24th 1940.

He was killed, the day after he reached Gibraltar, on 25th September 1940 in an air raid at the age of twenty-four.   The air raids of September 24th and 25th were conducted by the Vichy forces attempting to take revenge for a British attack on Dakar. The raids did little damage, but Raikes was killed.

Raikes lies in grave 2.D.16 of Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery. He was posthumously mentioned in despatches (London Gazette, January 31st 1941) and awarded the MC in November 1945.



War: World War 2

  • Surname: Raikes
  • Forenames or initials: Peter Patrick
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1929-1933
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Engineers
  • Date of Birth: 17th December 1915
  • Date of Death: 25th September 1940
  • How Died: Killed in an air raid
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery: Grave 2.D.16