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Arthur Charles PAYNE

Regimental number869
Place of birthWest Maitland New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRaworth, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lydia Harriet Payne, Raworth near Morpeth, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As a stretcher bearer during the attack he established an AID POST on his own initiative in a captured Strong Post, and did most magnificent work, bandaging and carrying wounded to the Post under the most intense artillery and machine gun fire. For 36 hours he laboured unceasingly, searching NO MANS' LAND during the night and organising parties to carry in the wounded. He moved about continuously in the most exposed and most dangerous positions of the LINE carrying on his duty of attending to wounded. His cheery disposition and heroism won the admiration of all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death18 January 1970

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