Educated at Winchester School and Balliol College, Oxford, Raymond was a member of ‘The Coterie’ group of Edwardian socialites, writers and poets. He was also a member of the “Horrace Club” founded by his close friend John Buchan in 1898. Other members included H.T. Baker, A.C. Medd, Hilaire Belloc, Lucian Oldershaw and John Phillimore.
Raymond was called to the Bar in 1904. On 25th July 1907, he married Katharine Frances Horner, daughter of Sir John Fortescue Horner of Mells, Somerset, who, it is said, was descended from Thomas Horner, the ‘Little Jack Horner’ of British nursery rhyme fame. Katharine’s mother, Lady Horner, who died in 1940, was a patron of the arts – in particular the Pre-Raphaelites and John Singer Sargent. Raymond and Katharine had three children.
In December 1914, Raymond was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards on 14th August 1915, he was offered a Staff Officer post but requested a return to active duty. Posted to the Western Front, Raymond was killed leading his men in an attack during the advance on “Les Boeufs” on 15th September 1916, near Guinchy on the Western Front in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. Hit in the chest, Raymond is reported to have lit a cigarette to hide the fact that he had been seriously wounded from his men. He died on the way to a Casualty Clearing Station and is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery in France.
Raymond’s brother-in-law Edward Horne (1888 – 1916) was also killed during the battle and is buried in the same Cemetery as Raymond. Katharine Asquith inherited the manor house at Mells, Somerset on the death of her brother Edward.
I have not been able to find examples of Raymond's poems but will keep searching.