Poppy Charles Austin PAYNE (1890–1918) Poppy

See also Charles’s younger brother, Stuart William Payne

Charles Austin Payne was born in Oxford in 1890, the son of Charles Thomas Payne (born in Oxford and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 7 July 1867) and Stella Austin (born in Ambrosden in c.1865). His parents were married in the Headington Registration District (which includes the St Giles’ area) in the fourth quarter of 1889 and had four children:

  • Charles Austin Payne (born in Oxford in 1890 (registered third quarter)
  • Jessie Kate Payne (born at St Giles’ Cottage, Oxford on 19 September 1891, baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 15 November 1891)
  • Stuart William Payne (born in Oxford on 13 April 1895, baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 2 May 1895)
  • Florence Margaret Payne (born in Oxford on 18 July 1899, baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 27 August 1899).

Charles’s father is described as a gardener in the 1891 census, when the family was living at St Giles Cottage on the corner of Banbury and Bardwell Road and Charles was just nine months old. Within a year the family had moved to at 78 Kingston Road (then in SS Philip & James parish, but in St Margaret’s parish from 1896). (This house had until then been occupied by the Pacey family, who were also to lose a son in the war.) Charles’s father was now a dairyman, as his own father had been before him. The 1901 census, when Charles was ten, shows the family at 78 Kingston Road.

By 1911 Charles junior (20) was also a dairyman, and still living at 78 Kingston Road with his parents.

Poppy In the First World War Charles Austin Payne served as a Private in the 1st/8th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Service No. 307768). He died of wounds in France on 20 October 1918 at the age of 28 and is buried at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport (VIII.J.9A). His mother paid for the inscription IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY DEAR SON / ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS to be added to his headstone.

He is remembered on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford.

Charles’s younger brother Stuart William Payne (23) was killed in action in France just 13 days before his brother, on 7 October 1918.

St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Charles’s father
  • Charles Thomas Payne continues to be listed in directories as a dairyman at 78 Kingston Road until 1921, although in fact his death took place on 9 March 1920, when he was aged 53.
  • Mrs Stella Payne is listed at 78 Kingston Road until 1927: she is probably the Stella Payne who died at the age of 84 in 1947 (fourth quarter in the Oxford Registration District).
Charles’s sister
  • Florence Margaret Payne (born 1899) married Frederick George Barttrum at St Margaret’s Church on 9 April 1923.

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