George William Ross Payne

First Name: 
George
Middle Name: 
William Ross
Last Name: 
Payne
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth Payne nee Rea
Father's Name: 
George Payne
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, August 24, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
1 Field Artillery Brigade
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
North Sydney, N.S.W.
Details: 

George Payne (Service No 265) was born in Balgownie, N.S.W. in 1890.

At enlistment George was single, 24 years old and employed as a blacksmith at the Mount Keira Colliery.  He had served 8 years in the Militia Artillery.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A8 Argyllshire with No 2 Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, on 18th October 1914.  After training in Egypt George was sent to Gallipoli where he served until 16th August 1915 when he was wounded and evacuated to hospital in Malta for treatment of a gun shot wound to his left knee.  The hospital in Malta was not able to rehabilitate George fully and he was sent to England for further treatment.

On 22nd August 1916 he joined 3rd Field Artillery in France and saw service on the Western Front.

On 17th August 1917 George was promoted to Corporal.  

He was admitted to Hospital sick on 2nd August 1918 and returned to Australia in November 1918 for Special 1914 Leave, and discharged from the AIF on 13th August 1919.

George married Gladys Hopkins in 1919.

He died in North Sydney in 1950.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PAYNE GEORGE WILLIAM ROSS

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