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Rolf Shorter PAYNE

Regimental number29333
Place of birthSandgate, Queensland
SchoolPublic School and East Maitland High School, New South Wales
Addressc/o G W Payne, Methodist Parsonage, Hurstville, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Rev G W Payne, Methodist Parsonage, Hurstville, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military service42nd Infantry; He graduated through Cadets to Militia raking as Lieutenant.
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 117
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAtheletic-footballer-sprinter of more than average speed. Won several prizes and medals - last at a military tournament Durban en route to England which he posted to mother from London. Gifted violinist, mates of battery 107 Howitzer clubbed together getting violin from Paris to hear him.
FateDied of wounds 25 June 1917
Place of death or woundingSomewhere between Passchendaele and Menin Road, Belgium
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialTrois-Arbres Cemetery (Plot I, Row U, Grave No. 7), Steenwerck, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Warren and Sarah Eunice PAYNE, Wallace Street, Willoughby, New South Wales. Native of Sandgate, Queensland
Family/military connectionsHis elder brother Warren Roy Payne same battery afterwards made Lieut. as recognition of special service rendered in action.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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