2487 Joseph Benjamin PAYNE

Date of enlistment 14th July 1915
Rank at enlistment Private
Company C Company
Significant events while with the AIF Wounded in Action – Pozieres

Hospitalised sick on three occasions

Field General Court Martial twice with five year prison sentence remitted upon end of war

Summary of Private Payne’s WW1 service record, located in the National Archives of Australia. Full details are available online, NAA Series B2455

Date Location Event
6th October 1919 Australia Discharged
29th August 1919 Australia Disembarked Persic
13th July 1919 England Returned to Australia on Persic
27th May 1919 England Disembarked Southampton from Le Havre for return to Australia
14th May 1919 France Absent without leave from parade. Award 2 days FP#2
11th April 1919 France Re-joined Battalion
7th April 1919 France Remainder of sentence remitted upon release from prison
6th November 1918 France Admitted to hospital
26th October 1918 France Sentence commuted to 2 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour
14th September 1918 France Admitted to No.1 Military Prison Rouen
5th August 1918 France Field General Court Martial: Desertion from the reserve line near Villers-Bretonneux on 12th July until surrendered to Military Police at Boulogne on 21st July. Sentence life PS, commuted to 5 years PS
23rd June 1918 France Field General Court Martial: Absent without leave from the front line until apprehended by the Military Police. Sentence 5 years PS, suspended
21st May 1918 France Re-joined Battalion
16th April 1918 France Discharged from hospital to Base Details
10th April 1918 France To 24th General Hospital Etaples sick
22nd March 1918 Belgium Absent without leave for 1 day. Award 28 days FP#1 and forfeiture of 29 days pay
16th March 1918 Belgium Absent without leave in Boulogne for 1 day – forfeiture of 6 days pay
28th February 1918 Belgium Overstaying Paris leave by 1 day – forfeiture of 23 days pay
14th October 1917 Belgium Taken on Strength to 22nd Battalion
9th October 1917 France Proceeded overseas to France from Hurdcott via Southampton and to 2ADBD Le Havre
3rd October 1917 England Leaving ranks without permission. Award FP#2 for 1 day
8th September 1917 England Absent without leave for 1 day. Award FP#2 1 day, plus forfeiture of 22 days pay
7th September 1917 England Absent without leave for 3 days. Forfeiture of 16 days pay
31st August 1917 England Absent without leave for 15 days at Windmill Hill. Forfeiture of 21 days pay
28th April 1917 England Taken on Strength to 66th Battalion, Windmill Hill
4th April 1917 England Transferred to 22nd Battalion details at Perham Down
23rd March 1917 England Transferred to 65th Battalion
10th February 1917 England Discharged from hospital to No.4 Command Camp Wareham
19th January 1917 England To hospital sick – mumps
16th January 1917 England Absent without leave. Award 48 hours detention and forfeiture of 4 days pay
3rd November 1916 England Marched in to No.4 Command Camp Wareham
13th October 1916 England Marched into D Camp Bovington, Dorset
15th September 1916 England Discharged from hospital and marched in to No.2 Command Depot Weymouth
12th August 1916 England Admitted Westminster Road Auxiliary Hospital Liverpool
12th August 1916 France Embarked at Calais on HS Brighton for England
6th August 1916 France Admitted to No.23 General Hospital Rouen
5th August 1916 France Wounded in Action – Gunshot Wound right hand, and admitted 3 CCS
10th June 1916 France Drunkenness while on active service. Award 14 days FP#2
2nd April 1916 France Absent without leave from parade and drunkenness. Award 48 hours FP#2
26th March 1916 France Disembarked Marseille
19th March 1916 Egypt Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force from Alexandria on the Llandovery Castle
8th January 1916 Egypt Taken on Strength, Tel-el-Kabir
25th October 1915 Egypt Disembarked Alexandria
29th September 1915 Australia Departed Melbourne on RMS Osterley
20th September 1915 Australia Re-assigned to 5th Reinforcements 22nd Battalion
12th August 1915 Australia Assigned to 29th  Battalion
21st July 1915 Australia Marched into Seymour depot


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