No. 1017 Private Alexander Russell Payne, born Campbelltown, South Australia, 10 May 1886. Enlisted 9th Light Horse, 6th Reinforcements, 6 January 1915, served Gallipoli and France, transferred to 5th Division Artillery, 15th field artillery Brigade, wounded in action (gas) 26 May 1918. Buried A.I.F. Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide.
ALEXANDER RUSSELL PAYNE
Alexander Russell Payne Reg. No. 1017 was born in Campbelltown South Australia on 10th May 1886. He was 28 years old when he enlisted in the 9th Light Horse Brigade. His employment was stated as labourer, and his next of kin was listed as his mother, Mrs. Jenny Harris Payne of Glen Osmond Road Frewville.
He sailed from Adelaide on 26th May 1915, aboard HMAT Afric. In November 1915 he was admitted to hospital in Mudros, after having Jaundice, his record states. When his brigade was repatriated to Alexandria from Gallipoli, he was again hospitalized with chest pain. From Egypt he sailed to France and whilst at the front was again admitted to hospital on 6th October 1916 having been blown up, his record states. In May 1918 he was taken to the 11th Field Ambulance suffering from mustard gas poisoning, whilst he was serving with the 10th Field Artillery at that time.
Mr. H Payne of King William Road Hyde Park, South Australia, his brother, requested information with regard to his gassing, from the Red Cross in Adelaide.
Alexander Russell Payne returned to Adelaide via the Cluny Castle in March of 1919. On board he was again admitted to the ships hospital. He was discharged as medically unfit for service, not due to misconduct in August 1919. He died at Keswick on the 10th May 1928, at the age of 42 years. He was buried in the AIF section of the West Terrace Cemetery. Section LO, Road 3N, Site No4.
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