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William Henry Payne

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Pavitt, A.G. - Pearce, A.H. (CC BY John Halpin 2010)

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Pavitt, A.G. - Pearce, A.H. (CC BY …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Payne AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 February 1917 AWMM Artarmon, New South Wales, Australia AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ethel Mary Payne (wife), C/o A.A. Fromm, Kaiti, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 May 1917 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
    17th Signals Troop (AE) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 February 1917 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Telegraph engineer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of sickness AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William Payne and his wife Mary Ann Williams; husband of Ethel Mary Payne (nee Fromm), of Mimosa Downs, Walton, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    10 December 1917 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    BaghdadIraq AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Waziriah Area of the Al-Russafa district, Baghdad, Iraq AWMM XX. B. 10. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Mrs. W. H. Payne, eldest daughter of Mr. A. A. Fromm, has received information from the Defence Minister that her husband, Captain W. H. Payne, commanding the Australian Wireless Squadron in Mesopotamia, is dangerously ill at Bagdad. Captain Payne was traffic manager of the Amalgamated Wireless Co. of Australasia in Sydney before enlisting, and some years ago was on the staff of the Gisborne telegraph office. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 1 June 2023 - ROIL Of HONOR.
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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01 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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