A Great War 22nd October 1914 Commissioned in the Field for Distinguished Service and August 1915 Cuinchy Officer Casualty group awarded to Lieutenant R.W. Payne, Royal Garrison Artillery, who as a pre-war regular solider, then saw service as a Sergeant with the 3rd Siege Battery out on the Western Front on 17th September 1914, before being commissioned in the field to 2nd Lieutenant on 22nd October 1914 as a result of his distinguished service on the battlefield. He was then killed in action at Cuinchy on 19th August 1915, just three days before his daughter was born, when he was serving with the 6th Trench Mortar Battery. His wife, later remarried a close colleague of his, and the couple went on to live in Ypres and help to run the Ypres Salient War Museum between the wars.
1914 Star with copy clasp named to 12648 SJT R.W. PAYNE. R.G.A. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to LIEUT. R.W. PAYNE.
Richard William Payne was born on 2nd October 1888 in Devonport, Devon, his father being a Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery. By 1891 the family were living in Stoke Damerel, and by 1911 at Gravelly Hill, Erdington, Warwickshire, his father being then a commissionaire working in the local electrical works. Richard William Payne meanwhile had followed his father into the army and enlisted in 1902, and was serving as a Sergeant (No.12648) with the Royal Garrison Artillery on the outbreak of the Great War, being then posted out to the Western Front on 17th September 1914 for service with the 3rd Siege Battery which was equipped with heavy howitzers. Payne was then commissioned in the field to 2nd Lieutenant on 22nd October 1914, this occurring as a result of his distinguished service on the battlefield, he having returned home the day before. Payne married Ada Tinsley at Dover on 9th December 1914, and two days later returned to the front. His wife meanwhile settled in Dover, and they would have a daughter on 22nd August 1915, which would occur just three days after her husbands death. Payne meanwhile was serving as a Lieutenant with the 6th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, and he was killed in action on 19th August 1915, being buried in Woburn Abbery Cemetery at Cuinchy. His wife, however then married a fellow colleague of Payne’s in June 1928, one Joseph O’Callaghan, who had originally joined the Royal Garrison Artillery together with Payne back in 1902 when they had joined as boy soldier’s. They had both served together in Malta between 1907 and 1911, and then seen service together out on the Western Front. Like Payne, he had received a field commission, and left the army in 1922 as a Captain, though he would later serve during the Second World War with the Pay Corps. He and his wife helped to run the Ypres Salient War Museum whilst living in Ypres between the wars.