Payne, Urban John: Service no. 157744

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per blog comment by great grandson.


Payne, Urban John: Service no. 157744. Source: Toronto Telegram. August 1917. Per news clipping post by David Archer at 18th Battalion Facebook Page (not group).

This married soldier enlisted with the 81st Battalion CEF at Toronto, Ontario on September 16, 1915. He was an insurance agent and iron moulder and was married to Annie Payne. He was 33-years old and stood 5’4.5″ tall, about average for a soldier in the CEF at that time.

He sailed from Halifax aboard the SS Olympic on April 28, 1916, and arrived in England at Liverpool on May 6, 1916.

He was transferred to the 18th Battalion on June 28, 1916, and after going to the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples on the next day he proceeded to his unit on July 12, 1916, and arrived two days later.

He was wounded on September 15, 1916, during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette with a GSW to his right leg. He went to England for treatment and then was returned to the 18th Battalion on June 12, 1917.

He has a short bout of illness from July 3 to 6, 1917, and returned to the Battalion.

On August 15, 1917, he was wounded with a GSW to his face and a concussion. He was shipped to England for treatment. Eventually, he was boarded medically unfit due to his wounds and he was discharged at Toronto, Ontario February 12, 1918.

He died at the Christie Street Hospital. He was living with his wife at 10 Bernard Avenue, Toronto, Ontario at the time of his death.

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