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 1863). 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 St Giles' parish, Oxford in 1890 (registered third quarter)
  • Jessie Kate Payne (born at St Giles’ Cottage, Oxford on 19 September 1891 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 15 November)
  • Stuart William Payne (born in Oxford on 13 April 1895 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 2 May)
  • Florence Margaret Payne (born in Oxford on 18 July 1899 and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 27 August).

At the time of the 1891 census Charles (aged nine months) was living at St Giles Cottage in the Banbury Road (near the corner of Bardwell Road) with his father Charles (24), who was a gardener, his mother Stella (25), and his paternal grandmother Eliza Payne (61), who had been born in Duns Tew.

Within a year the family had moved to at 78 Kingston Road (then in SS Philip & James parish, but from 1896 in St Margaret’s parish). Charles’s father was now a self-employed dairyman, as his own father had been before him.

The 1901 census shows Charles (10) living at 78 Kingston Road with his father Charles (34), his mother Stella (37), and his siblings Jessie (9), Stuart (5), and Florence (1), and his grandmother Eliza Payne (73).

At the time of the 1911 census Charles junior (20) was also a dairyman, and was living at 78 Kingston Road with his father Charles (44), his mother Stella (47), and his three siblings: Jessie (19), Stuart (15), who was a college servant, and Florence (11). The family also had a boarder.

Charles volunteered to serve in the war, signing up at the Recruiting Office at 47 High Street on 29 November 1915. He was just 5 feet 4¼ inches tall.

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 served on the home front to 13 September 1916, and was transferred the next day to France. He died of wounds at the 47 General Hospital, Le Treport on 20 October 1918 at the age of 28 and is buried at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport (VIII.J.9A). His family 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 parents
  • Charles Thomas Payne continues to be listed in directories as a dairyman at 78 Kingston Road until his death at the age of 53. He was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery on 12 March 1920.
  • Mrs Stella Payne continued to be listed at 78 Kingston Road until 1927. She died at the age of 84, and was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery on 23 December 1947.
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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