Cudgegong Valley History Project

Gregory John RaynerAge: 1819511969

Name
Gregory John Rayner
Given names
Gregory John
Surname
Rayner
Birth 1951 28

Death of a paternal grandfatherWalter Thomas Rayner
1958 (Age 7)

Death September 21, 1969 (Age 18)
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Head-On Crash Near Mudgee-3 Youths Dead Three Mudgee youths were killed and a fourth seriously injured in a head-on collision between two cars at Appletree Flat last night. Police officers who went to the scene described it as one of the worst accidents they had ever seen. Police and local residents took more than an hour to free the bodies from the twisted wreckage of the car in which the four youths were travelling. Killed instantly in the collision were. - Gregory John Rayner, 18 of Spring Flat, Mudgee. - Peter John Tierney, 18 of Denison Street. - Michael John Quinn, 19 of Botobolar. The other youth who was in the car at the time of the smash, Keiran Mahon, 19 of Inglis Street, Mudgee, suffered serious head and abdominal injuries. He was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital soon after the accident, for emergency treatment. The driver of the other vehicle, Frederick Lloyd, 52, of Northmead, was taken to Parramatta Hospital with a broken arm and broken elbow. His condition today was reported to be satisfactory. Lloyd's family was travelling with him, but escaped with minor injuries. They are his wife Noreen Catherine, 52, his son Frederick 21, and daughter Jennifer, 13. Police said this morning that the Lloyd family had had 'an amazing escape from death'. Both cars were wrecked in the smash, which was the worst in the Mudgee District for several years. The Mudgee youths were returning from Sydney, where it is believed they watched the Rugby League grand final between Balmain and South Sydney the previous day. The Lloyds were returning to Sydney after a weekend in the country. The accident occurred about 7.30 p.m. All four Mudgee boys were well known in football circles. Rayner and Tierney were members of this year's Mudgee junior team which made the Group 14 semi finals. Quinn was a regular first grader. Mahon is regarded as one of the most promising footballers in Mudgee. The President of the Mudgee Rugby League Football Club (Mr. Warwick Munro) said today that he was deeply shocked to hear of the deaths of three of the club's outstanding members. 'I have coached these youngsters at various times myself,' he said. 'They will be a tremendous loss to the club, not only as players, but as men.' Mr. Munro said he would hold a special meeting of Mudgee Rugby League Club in the Mechanics' Institute tonight to discuss attendance at the funeral. Police today praised local residents for the help they rendered at the scene of the crash. A senior police officer said he had never seen a worse smash in 25 years with the Police Force.'I have seen them as bad, but never worse.' 'Lesser men could not have risen to the occasion because it was not a very pretty sight,' he said. There were two other minor accidents reported in Mudgee in the past few days and at Inverell a former Coolah footballer was killed in a car accident. The former Coolah man was Tom Fletcher, 25, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fletcher. His funeral was held today. On Thursday, last week a Dulwich Hill man escaped injury when his car struck a calf about six miles south of Cudgegong. The driver, Peter Doyle, was not hurt and his car was only moderately damaged. The only other accident reported in the district since then was on Saturday afternoon when two cars collided in Church Street. The drivers, Douglas Kenny, of Court Street, and Frank Tuite, of Cox Street, were not injured and damage was only minor. Mudgee Guardian Monday 22 September 1969, p. 1. Head-On Crash near Mudgee.

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Gregory John Rayner
Birth: 1951 28
Death: September 21, 1969Appletree Flat, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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    1. Gregory John Rayner, son of Neil Paul Rayner and Private, was born in 1951 and died on September 21, 1969 in Appletree Flat, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia at the age of 18.

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Head-On Crash Near Mudgee-3 Youths Dead Three Mudgee youths were killed and a fourth seriously injured in a head-on collision between two cars at Appletree Flat last night. Police officers who went to the scene described it as one of the worst accidents they had ever seen. Police and local residents took more than an hour to free the bodies from the twisted wreckage of the car in which the four youths were travelling. Killed instantly in the collision were. - Gregory John Rayner, 18 of Spring Flat, Mudgee. - Peter John Tierney, 18 of Denison Street. - Michael John Quinn, 19 of Botobolar. The other youth who was in the car at the time of the smash, Keiran Mahon, 19 of Inglis Street, Mudgee, suffered serious head and abdominal injuries. He was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital soon after the accident, for emergency treatment. The driver of the other vehicle, Frederick Lloyd, 52, of Northmead, was taken to Parramatta Hospital with a broken arm and broken elbow. His condition today was reported to be satisfactory. Lloyd's family was travelling with him, but escaped with minor injuries. They are his wife Noreen Catherine, 52, his son Frederick 21, and daughter Jennifer, 13. Police said this morning that the Lloyd family had had 'an amazing escape from death'. Both cars were wrecked in the smash, which was the worst in the Mudgee District for several years. The Mudgee youths were returning from Sydney, where it is believed they watched the Rugby League grand final between Balmain and South Sydney the previous day. The Lloyds were returning to Sydney after a weekend in the country. The accident occurred about 7.30 p.m. All four Mudgee boys were well known in football circles. Rayner and Tierney were members of this year's Mudgee junior team which made the Group 14 semi finals. Quinn was a regular first grader. Mahon is regarded as one of the most promising footballers in Mudgee. The President of the Mudgee Rugby League Football Club (Mr. Warwick Munro) said today that he was deeply shocked to hear of the deaths of three of the club's outstanding members. 'I have coached these youngsters at various times myself,' he said. 'They will be a tremendous loss to the club, not only as players, but as men.' Mr. Munro said he would hold a special meeting of Mudgee Rugby League Club in the Mechanics' Institute tonight to discuss attendance at the funeral. Police today praised local residents for the help they rendered at the scene of the crash. A senior police officer said he had never seen a worse smash in 25 years with the Police Force.'I have seen them as bad, but never worse.' 'Lesser men could not have risen to the occasion because it was not a very pretty sight,' he said. There were two other minor accidents reported in Mudgee in the past few days and at Inverell a former Coolah footballer was killed in a car accident. The former Coolah man was Tom Fletcher, 25, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fletcher. His funeral was held today. On Thursday, last week a Dulwich Hill man escaped injury when his car struck a calf about six miles south of Cudgegong. The driver, Peter Doyle, was not hurt and his car was only moderately damaged. The only other accident reported in the district since then was on Saturday afternoon when two cars collided in Church Street. The drivers, Douglas Kenny, of Court Street, and Frank Tuite, of Cox Street, were not injured and damage was only minor. Mudgee Guardian Monday 22 September 1969, p. 1. Head-On Crash near Mudgee.