Born on the 25th of April 1883 at West Maitland, NSW – the son of [Lionel] Charles Lewis/Louis PAYNE and Mary Ann WILLBATT who married in Maitland in 1875
Siblings: Charlotte E. b.1877; James William b.1879 – d.1957
Religion: Church of England
Married Lydia Harriett WATSON in 1914 at Wallsend, NSW
Lydia was born 2/11/1885 Morpeth, NSW, the daughter of Thomas and Lydia
Children: *Lionel Charles Llewellyn b.1908 West Maitland (Plasterer / Driller) – d.17/1/1935 Sydney Hospital; *Thomas Albert b.1909 Kurri Kurri; *Lydia H b.1910; *Donald d.1924; *Kenneth (Engineer) – marr D.J. MARKS 1943 – d.1984
Member of the Pride of Hunter Lodge, Morpeth
Residing at Raworth, he was a Labourer at Baker’s brick kiln on the Morpeth Rd, prior to enlisting
Enlisted at West Maitland 22/1/1916, giving his age as 31 years 9 months
Embarked in Sydney on the A20 Hororata 2/5/1916 as Private 869 with C Coy of the 34th Battalion, and disembarked Plymouth 23/6/1916
Transferred to the 19th Battalion and proceeded overseas to France 22/9/1916
Taken on strength of the 53rd Battalion 9/10/1916
Attended Lewis Gun School of Instruction 9/12/1916 to 20/12/1916
Admitted to the 15 Australian Field Ambulance 31/1/1917 with a Duodenal Ulcer, and transferred through the hospital system to the 1st Australian General Hospital 3/2/1917
Embarked on the hospital ship St David 10/2/1917 for England, and admitted to the Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester 12/2/1917
Transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield 27/3/1917 and then discharged to No.2 Command Depot, Weymouth 7/4/1917
Proceeded overseas to France 10/6/1917 and rejoined the 53rd Battalion 1/7/1917
Attached to the 14th Machine Gun Coy as part of a Tactical Working Party 19/9/1917 to the 22/9/1917
Wounded in action 19/10/1917 but remained at duty
To hospital with a septic finger 27/10/1917 – rejoining the 53rd Bn 30/10/1917
Admitted to the 14th Australian Field Ambulance 14/12/1917 with Boils/Cellulitis of the left thigh, and transferred to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital 16/12/1917
Embarked on the Jan Breydel 3/1/1918 for England where he was admitted to the Military Hospital at Colchester
Transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford 23/1/1918 before being discharged to No.4 Command Depot, Hurdcott 28/1/1918
Proceeded overseas to France 24/4/1918 and rejoined the 53rd Battalion on the 15/5/1918
Awarded the Military Medal for his actions during the attack at Peronne on the 1/9/1918
Recommendation for Military Medal, by Brig-Gen J.C. Stewart, commanding 14th Brigade:
“For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at PERONNE on 1st Sept., 1918. As a Stretcher Bearer during the attack he established an aid post on his own initiative in a captured “Strong post,” and did splendid work bandaging and carrying wounded under exceptionally heavy Artillery and M.G. fire. For 36 hours he laboured unceasingly, searching ‘No Man’s Land’ during the night and organising parties to carry in the wounded. He moved about continuously in the most exposed and dangerous positions of the line being practically the whole time under fire. His cheery disposition and heroism won the admiration of all ranks.”
While returning from a job in the forward area on the 18/9/1918, he accidentally kicked a nose cap which exploded, wounding him in both eyes, legs, the right foot, left hand and stomach.
Admitted to the 1st South African General Hospital at Abbeville 19/9/1918 where he had both eyes excised (later replaced with glass ones)
Transferred to England on the Brighton 22/9/1918 and admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital on the 23rd (dangerously ill)
Transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield 4/12/1918 and then to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers on the 16/12/1918 where he was trained in Shorthand and Typewriting
Returned to Australia on the Ormonde, embarking 15/11/1919 and disembarking in Sydney on the 29/12/1919
Discharged from the A.I.F. on the 29/2/1920
In October 1920 Arthur was appointed Manager of the newly opened West Maitland branch of the Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Company. Having ceased to represent them by April 1923, he began his own cash-delivery business in tea, coffee and cocoa.
Knocked over by a motor cycle in November 1927 whilst he was being led along the road by an escort, all three receiving minor injuries
In 1930 he was listed in the Electoral Roll as a Manager, but from 1933 on, as ‘no occupation’
Residents of 24 Wolfe St, West Maitland 1925, 1930 – property sold in March 1931
Residents of “Wantit” 45 Galston Rd, Hornsby 1933, 1966
Lydia died at hospital in Wahroonga on the 6/10/1966, aged 82 – and was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium
In 1967 a letter was written to Central Army Records on Arthur’s behalf, in which it was noted that his memory had been affected by his wounding in 1918, and that he could remember very little prior to the event. His citation for the Military Medal had been lost, and his daughter desired to know details of his service.
Arthur died on the 18th of January 1970 at Hamilton, NSW, aged 86
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW), Tue 21 Mar 1916 (p.6):
Privates A.C. Payne, F. Dumbrell, A. Nickinson, and J. Dimmock were farewelled at the Morpeth School of Arts, on Saturday evening, by the residents of Narrowgut and Raworth. ………………..
In handing each of them a wristlet watch and a wallet, with the best wishes of their friends, …..
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Tue 24 Dec 1918 (p.4):
Soldier Loses His Sight
Nurse M. O’Reilly, sister in charge of a ward in The Annexe, Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, near Norwich, England, writing to Mrs A.C. Payne, of Raworth, near Morpeth, says: – “Your husband, Private Payne, has asked me to write to you. He was admitted here on the 23rd October, 1918, from France, very severely wounded in the foot and both eyes. He went under an operation two days ago for his eyes, and I am sorry to have to tell you that he will be blind for the rest of his life. He says you are not to upset yourself about it. He is most wonderfully plucky, very cheerful, and a good patient. The wound in the foot is getting on very nicely. I am sorry to have to write to tell you such sad news, but he particularly asked me to tell you exactly what is the matter with him.” Private Payne enlisted about two years ago and went away with the 34th Battalion. Prior to enlistment he worked at Baker’s brick kiln, on the Morpeth Road. His many friends will feel much sympathy for him in his sad affliction.
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Sat 29 Nov 1919 (p.4):
Awarded Military Medal
Mrs A.C. Payne, of Louth Park, late of Raworth, has received a cable from Sir Arthur Pearson stating that her husband has left England for Australia. She has also received a message from Base Records, Melbourne, intimating that His Majesty the King had been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal to Private Payne for bravery in the field. Private Payne has lost both eyes as the result of injuries in action.
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Wed 14 Jan 1920 (p.2):
THANKS – I, the undersigned, wish to tender my sincere THANKS to Dr King; also Dr O’Sullivan, who assisted Dr King in so serious an operation. Also the Matron and Nursing Staff of Maitland Hospital, for kind and skilful treatment to my wife, while an inmate of that institution, whilst I was on active service. A.C. PAYNE, M.M.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW), Mon 17 May 1920 (p.6):
DRUID RETURNED SOLDIERS
Members of the Salisbury Lodge, West Maitland, and Pride of Hunter Lodge, Morpeth, United Ancient Order of Druids, entertained the returned soldier members of their lodges at a social and presentation on Thursday evening, in the Maitland lodge-room. ……………………………..
Bro. Watson, of the grand lodge, then presented illuminated certificates and gold medals to Bros…..
……………….., A.C. Payne, M.M., ………………………, of the Pride of Hunter Lodge, Morpeth; ……………………
The Newcastle Sun (NSW), Mon 26 Jul 1920 (p.4):
Tea Shop in Newcastle
Signaller Payne, who was presented with a gold medal by the Prince of Wales at Maitland yesterday, on behalf of the Raworth Patriotic Committee, will have control of the Newcastle branch of the Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Company, Limited.
The company has secured one of the shops in the Newcastle Jockey Club’s new premises in Hunter-street, and will open it for business on Monday, August 9.
Signaller Payne, after two years’ service with the A.I.F., lost his sight at Mont St Quentin on September 22, 1918.
The Sun (Sydney, NSW), Mon 26 Jul 1920 (p.5):
PRINCE IN COUNTRY – Maitland’s Big Welcome
MEETING WITH ROYALTY
The Newcastle Sun (NSW), Thur 21 Oct 1920 (p.5):
BLINDED SOLDIERS’ TEA SHOP
Branch at Maitland
Stretcher-Bearer A.C. Payne, M.M., has been appointed to the charge of the branch of the Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Company, which was opened at West Maitland by the Mayor (Ald. Fry) this afternoon. This business is assisted by the Red Cross Society, and although only established a little while ago in New South Wales it is already proving a paying proposition, and much good is being accomplished by finding employment for men who lost their sight in the war, and providing the public with good quality tea at prices declared to be below ruling rates. The branch is situated at 358 High-street, West Maitland.
The Newcastle Sun (NSW), Wed 14 Sept 1921 (p.6):
BLINDED SOLDIERS’ TEA
For some time Mr A.C. Payne, Maitland’s blind Digger, has been managing the local branch of the Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Company. Through his wife’s illness he will be obliged to close the premises on Saturday next. Not to disappoint his clients, all business will be conducted by cart.
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Thur 22 Dec 1921 (p.4):
Illness of Mrs A.C. Payne
The many friends of Mr A.C. Payne, agent for the Blind Soldiers’ Tea Company in West Maitland, will be pleased to learn that his wife, who was suffering from a very serious illness, was successfully operated on in the Maitland Hospital on Tuesday last, and that she is making very favourable progress towards recovery.
The Newcastle Sun (NSW), Fri 14 Jul 1922 (p.5):
MAITLAND VOLUNTARY WORKERS
The Voluntary Workers’ Association, which has for its object the provision of homes for the widows of deceased soldiers and sailors, and disabled ex-service men, held its annual general meeting last night. ……………………………………………………………
It was decided to make an offer of £100 to Mr A.C. Payne, one of Maitland’s blinded soldiers, to assist him to build a house in Church-street, ………………
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Mon 23 Apr 1923 (p.4):
Having ceased to represent The Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Company, Mr A.C. Payne, a blinded soldier, announces that he has commenced a cash-delivery business in tea, coffee and cocoa. He trusts that the former patronage will be extended to him.
The Newcastle Sun (NSW), Mon 9 May 1927 (p.2):
Acting on the recommendation of its building inspector, West Maitland Council has approved of the following applications to build.
A.W. Cannon, cottage at corner of Bridge and Wolfe streets, for A.C. Payne.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 22 Nov 1927 (p.12):
BLIND SOLDIER INJURED
WEST MAITLAND, Monday
Arthur Payne, a blind returned soldier, was admitted to the Maitland Hospital suffering from injuries sustained when he was knocked down by a motor cycle while walking across Long Bridge.
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Wed 23 Nov 1927 (p.4):
Discharged from Hospital
Mr Arthur Payne, the blind returned soldier, who was injured when he was knocked over by a motor cycle on Sunday night, has been discharged from the Maitland Hospital. Mr Payne states that at the time of the accident he was with an escort, and was approaching the Long Bridge. His condition is much improved.
The Newcastle Sun (NSW), Mon 19 Dec 1927 (p.5):
BLIND MAN STRUCK
Collision Near Bridge
A sequel to a collision in Maitland, in which a blind man was injured, was before Mr Atkinson in West Maitland Police Court to-day.
Barry Melville was fined £5, with costs, for negligent driving.
The accident, it was stated in evidence, occurred near the east end of Long Bridge on November 20. Melville was on a motor cycle and collided with the blind man, Payne, who was being led along the road by Thomas McLeod. All three were injured.
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Mon 19 Dec 1927 (p.4):
WEST MAITLAND COURT
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Wed 25 Mar 1931 (p.4):
NEWS IN BRIEF
Mr J.P. Idstein reports having sold for Mr A.C. Payne his agricultural farm of 19 acres, also his cottage property situated Wolfe-street, West Maitland.
The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Mon 21 Jan 1935 (p.5):
MR CHARLES L. PAYNE
The death occurred in the Sydney Hospital on Thursday last of Charles L. Payne, at the age of 26 years.
The late Mr Payne, who was a son of Mr and Mrs A.C. Payne, late of Wolfe-street, West Maitland, is well-known in this district where the greater portion of his life was spent. He was employed by Messrs Mears and Twyford, and Messrs McDonald and Grogan.
The remains were cremated in Northern Suburbs cemetery, Sydney.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Fri 7 Oct 1966 (p.26):
PAYNE, Lydia Harriett – October 6, 1966 at hospital, of 45 Galston Road, Hornsby, dearly loved wife of Arthur Charles Payne, loved mother of Thomas, Lydia and Kenneth, fond mother-in-law of Margaret (Meg), James (S…) and Laurel, dear grandmother…. of their children, loved sister of Thomas Watson (Newcastle), aged 82 years. At rest.