William Lindsay Payne

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 1237
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 5th Battalion, 'H' Company
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 23
  • Date of Death: 11/03/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: VII.C.11.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 10.03.1892
  • Place of Birth: Errol
  • Address: 12 Pitfour Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Alex Stewart & Son, Distillers, Castle St, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Euphemia Payne

  • Father:

    David Payne

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Margaret Stewart Payne, 10a Baxter St, Dundee

  • Children:

    1 Son

More about William Lindsay Payne

William L. Payne   1237   Black Watch

KILLED ON HIS BIRTHDAY.

On 10th March, the anniversary of his twenty-third birthday, Private William L. Payne, of the 5th Black Watch, was killed in action.  He leaves a widow and a little son, just eleven months old, who reside at 12 Pitfour Street, Dundee, and news of his death has been conveyed to Mrs Payne in a letter from the Rev. George Thompson, the regimental chaplain.  Writing under date 12th March, the chaplain says :___”It is with much regret I have to inform you of the death of your husband, No 1237 Private W. Payne, of the above regiment.  He was killed in action two days ago, and was buried this afternoon close by where he fell.  Will you please accept from us all our sincere sympathy with you in your serious loss?  I hope you will receive from Above the strength necessary to bear your great grief.  Your husband died manfully doing his duty.  This must be a source of pride to you in after days.”

Pte. Payne, who was an employee of Alex. Stewart & Son, distillers, Castle Street, Dundee, had been a member of the 5th Black Watch for over four years, and went to the front with his regiment at the end of October.  He had two brothers-in-law in the 5th Black Watch, one of whom, Private Andrew Doran, was killed on 10th January.

Dundee Courier 18th March 1915

 

KILLED ON HIS BIRTHDAY.

5th BLACK WATCH MAN DIES FIGHTING.

Private William L. Payne, of the 5th Black Watch, who resided at 12 Pitfour Street, has been killed in action on the 10th March, the 23rd anniversary of his birthday.  He leaves a widow and a bright little son, just eleven months old.

The news came with tragic suddenness in a letter from Rev. George Thompson, the regimental chaplain, who writes:___”It is with much regret I have to inform you of the death of your husband, No 1237 Private W. Payne, of the above regiment.  He was killed in action two days ago, and was buried this afternoon close by where he fell.  Will you please accept from us all our sincere sympathy with you in your serious loss?  I hope you will receive from Above the strength necessary to bear your great grief.  Your husband died manfully doing his duty.  This must be a source of pride to you in after days.”

Private Payne, who was an employee of Alex. Stewart & Son, distillers, Castle Street, Dundee, had been a member of the 5th Black Watch for over four years, and went to the front with his regiment at the end of October.  He had two brothers-in-law in the 5th Black Watch, one of whom, Private Andrew Doran, was killed on 10th January.

Dundee People’s Journal 20th March 1915

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