F. J. Payne
Service no. 11440
Private, Dorsetshire Regiment, 6th Battalion
Born in Lambeth; enlisted at Clifton Street, Surrey; lived in South Lambeth
Killed in action 4 July 1916, aged about 27
Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Frederick John Payne was born on 13 November 1888, the son of Samuel Payne, a general labourer from Stogumber, Somerset and Sarah Ann (née Stephenson), born in Surat, Gujarat, India. He was baptised on 5 April 1889 at St Barnabas, South Lambeth.
In 1911 Frederick John Payne, 22, was a general labourer living at 6 Horace Street (now disappeared, this street was near Wilcox Road), Stockwell, where his family had four rooms. His father, Samuel Payne, 54, was a general labourer from Stogumber, Somerset; his mother Sarah Ann Payne, 50, was born in Surat, India. Frederick had five siblings (one had died), three of whom lived at home: Arthur Samuel Payne, 20, a brewer’s labourer; Ellen Kate Payne, 16, a scullery maid; Richard James Payne, 13. All were born in South Lambeth.
In the summer of 1911 Frederick married Selina Ann Brittle, who lived with her family at 16 Wheatsheaf Lane, very close to Horace Street. The first of their three children, Frederick John Brittle Payne, was born out of wedlock, in 1909 and at the time of the 1911 census had been put out to nurse in Reading with the family of Jane Brooks. In the Second World War he served in the East Surrey Regiment and died in action, aged 35, on 30 November 1944 in Netherlands.
Selina married James Turk Johnson, a fishmonger, in 1923.