Thursday, December 30, 2010

Private Charles H. Payne - 136578

According to his attestation papers dated November 16, 1915 at Toronto, Charles Herbert Payne of 112 Gerrard Street East, Toronto was born on May 22, 1886 in Kimbolton, Huntingdon, England. He listed his father, Walter Payne, Nether Dean, Kimbolton, Huntingdon, England as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 29 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 11 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion. He had a scar on his left elbow and nose; on the third finger of his left hand; and, his left knee.  He was a member of the Church of England.   

Charles Herbert Payne was a member of the 83rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment), when he was killed on October 21, 1916.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed in an attack north of Courcelette.  He was the son of Walter and Mary Ann Payne, of Nether Dean, Kimbolton, Hunts, England.  His remains were never found and he is listed on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.

Newspaper articles courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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