Charles Valentine (Charlie) PAYNTER

PAYNTER , Charles Valentine

Service Numbers: 3548, 3584
Enlisted: 19 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Donald, Victoria, Australia, 14 February 1889
Home Town: Ararat, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 15 March 1973, aged 84 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Ararat Shire of Ararat WWI Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 3548, 4th Light Horse Regiment
19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 3548, 4th Light Horse Regiment
21 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3584, 4th Light Horse Regiment
21 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3584, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Suevic, Melbourne
6 Jul 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 13th Field Artillery Brigade
24 Mar 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3584, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, per Plassy
30 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3548, 13th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Charlie was the eldest of six children of Charles Henry Faulkner Paynter (b1856 in Creswick, Victoria) and Mary (Annie) Ann McCreddin (b1865 in Terang, Victoria). Charles - a Farmer - and Annie married in 1889 in Donald, Victoria before moving to Ararat in 1896. 

Charlie was a Labourer and Farmer in Willaura in the Corangamites in Victoria. In July 1915 he enlisted in the AIF as a Trooper (Service No:3584) with 4th Light Horse Regiment and in 1918 transferred to 13th Field Artillery Brigade (Private). Charlie was with the 13th Field Artillery Brigade when he was awarded a Military Medal for his services in France. He was part of a Forward Observation Party temporarily attached to the US 30th Infantry Division near Montbrehain. "Paynter manned a transmitting station from an unprotected hole in the ground ..... Throughout the operation, Charlie Paynter showed a total disregard of the dangers around him, and was largely responsible for the succesful manner in which the Field Observation Officer carried out his duties' (Where Right and Glory Lead: No 2). Charlie was awarded the Military Medal for this (Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: No 109). Discharged in May 1919, Charlie returned to Willaura where he was a Farmer, and cared for his Widowed mother.

Following Annie's death in 1924, Charlie relocated to Melbourne Ports, where he was a Waterside Worker. In the 1943 Census Return, Charlie states he worked for the Defence Department. In 1961 Charlie married widow Margaret Ellen Corrie (nee Kenealy; b1895 in Melbourne, Victoria). Charlie died in 1973 and Margaret in 1979.