Warren Roy (Roy) PAYNE

PAYNE, Warren Roy

Service Number: 19127
Enlisted: 10 January 1915, Casula
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 7th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 25 March 1893
Home Town: Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Cooks Hill Public School, Newcastle High School and the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: War related, Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia, 5 September 1921, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Woronora General Cemetery and Crematorium, New South Wales
Methodist Monumental Section P, Grave 053
Memorials: Maitland High School Roll of Honour, Newcastle High School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 19127, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, Casula
1 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Gunner, 7th Field Artillery Brigade
11 May 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 19127, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
11 May 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 19127, 7th Field Artillery Brigade
14 Mar 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Field Artillery Brigade
24 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, Shell wound right knee and thigh - fractured patela
22 Jul 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, HT Kanowna, England for invaliding to Australia - disembarking Sydney 3 September 1918.
21 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

The Maitland Mercury reported that the death occurred in Sydney on Monday 5th September 1921 of Mr. W. Roy Payne, who for several years was junior science master and sports master at the Maitland Boys' High School. A native of Townsville, Queensland, he was 28 years of age and was educated at Cooks Hill Public School and Newcastle High School before attaining a B.Sc. degree at the University of Sydney.

Whilst at the Maitland High School, the late Mr Payne was most popular with the boys. He was a distinguished footballer himself, being in the University team. He was prominent in running and other sports, and was withal a high-principled, clean-living young man. He hated war and militarism yet felt compelled by a sense of his country's need to enlist and served with the 7th Field Artillery Brigade. For gallantry and efficiency, he was sent back to an officers' school and served again in association with the 1st and 3rd Divisions as lieutenant in artillery.

His last action was at Villers Bretonneux, where he was severely wounded by shell fire and was invalided home in September 1918. For a while he rallied and resumed his work at the Fort Street High School, and then commenced the medical course at the University of Sydney; but failing health compelled him to desist. The effect of being gassed in the field and exposure in the trenches developed trench nephritis, ending in uraemia, which caused his death.

He was universally respected and loved by soldier colleagues and all who met him. He was the son of Rev. George W. Payne and Mrs Sarah Payne who were at West Maitland a few years ago. He leaves a wife, Doris, daughter of Mr Joseph Cook of East Maitland and one young daughter.