Robert Vincent (Bob) PAYNE

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PAYNE, Robert Vincent

Service Number: 174
Enlisted: 9 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melrose, South Australia, 24 July 1894
Home Town: Richmond (SA), City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Richmond School
Occupation: Telephone Mechanic
Died: Killed In Action, France, 30 July 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la Boisselle
Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers la Boisselle, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Postmaster General's Department WWI Honour Board , Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Norwood War Memorial, Plympton North Richmond Baptist Church Honor Roll, Postmaster General's Department Adelaide
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World War 1 Service

9 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 174, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 174, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
30 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 174, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Leonardo Karamanidis

Robert Vincent Payne was born on July the 24th 1894 at Melrose in South Australia. Robert was an only child to George John Payne and Susan Jane Payne. There is no record where Robert lived in the first two years of his life but it does say that after that he lived in Richmond, South Australia. He was educated at Richmond Public School and became a telephone mechanic.

Robert Vincent Payne enlisted for the war in February 1915 when he was 20. He was accepted and left on the 31st of May for Egypt. Robert was with the 27th Infantry Battalion and fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Robert left on the evacuation to Egypt and sailed to France in March 1916.

Robert was in the 27th Battalion, which was raised in South Australia in March 1915 from all of the recruits that previously signed up for the 24th Battalion. Most of those recruits came from the suburbs of Adelaide. The battalion then left Australia in June and they spent two months training in Egypt. They then left Egypt and landed at Gallipoli on the 12th of September. In Gallipoli, the 27th Battalion reinforced Australia and New Zealand. They had a quiet time at Gallipoli and then departed the Peninsula in December suffering only light casualties. After another stint in Egypt, they left for France as part of the 2nd Australian Division. When they arrived in France they entered the front-line trenches for the first time on the 7th of April 1916 and took part in its first major battle at Pozieres between the 28th of July and the 5th of August. After that, they had a spell in a quieter sector of the front of Belgium.

Robert Vincent Payne was killed in action on the 30th of July in 1916. He died at the age 22. Robert is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial, panel 111. Robert is buried at the cemetery by the name of Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers la Boisselle, Picardie, France.

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"THE LATE CORPORAL R. V. PAYNE.

Mrs. Payne, of Holder-avenue, Richmond, has received news from the Defence Department that her son. Corporal R. V. (Bob) Payne, was killed in action on July 30. He was born at Mount Remarkable on July 24, 1894, and had lived at Richmond since 1896. He was educated at the Richmond School. He enlisted in February, 1915, and left for Egypt on May 31. He fought on Gallipoli Peninsula, and left there on the evacuation for Egypt, and sailed for France in March, 1916. Prior to enlisting he was employed by the Telephone Department as junior mechanic." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 16 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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