An interesting South Africa Boer War and Great War 1914 Old Contemptible’s group awarded to Private later Acting Corporal C.H. Payne, 2nd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, later 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who having seen service during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, later as a Special Reservist, was recalled for the Great War, and then saw service out on the Western Front from 13th September 1914. He was regularly in trouble with the authorities throughout 1915 and was posted

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An interesting South Africa Boer War and Great War 1914 Old Contemptible’s group awarded to Private later Acting Corporal C.H. Payne, 2nd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, later 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who having seen service during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, later as a Special Reservist, was recalled for the Great War, and then saw service out on the Western Front from 13th September 1914. He was regularly in trouble with the authorities throughout 1915 and was posted home in April 1916.

Group of 4: Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 4 Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901; (5142 PTE C. PAYNE. SOMERSET: LT INFY); 1914 Star with Clasp; (11583 PTE C.H. PAYNE. S. WALES BORD.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (11583 A.CPL. C.H. PAYNE. S.WALES. BORD.)

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Charles Henry Payne was born in Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, and having worked as a general labourer, then attested for service with the British Army and went on to serve for just over 12 years as a Private (No.5142) with the 2nd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, being present during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.

After 12 years and 56 days service he was discharged, and then enrolled into the Army Reserve Special Reservists on 30th May 1912, for service as a Private (No.11583) with the 3rd Reserve Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Re-enlisting for a further two years service on 30th May 1914, and appointed to Lance Corporal on 16th June 1914, with the outbreak of the Great War he was mobilised at Brecon on 5th August 1914, and then posted to the 1st Battalion.

Appointed to Acting Corporal on 17th August 1914, and then present out on the Western Front from 13th September 1914, he was appointed to Acting Sergeant on 2nd December 1914. However having been arrested and tried and reduced to Private on 30th December 1914, he appears to have been regularly in trouble throughout 1915. An example of this was an award of 14 days Field Punishment No.2 for having fallen out of the line of march and remaining absent on 17th October 1915.

Posted home on 7th April 1916, he was posted back to the 3rd Reserve Battalion on 21st August 1916, and was then transferred back to the Army Reserve on 18th March 1917 and discharged no longer physically fit for service on 7th September 1917.