Category Archives: Charlie Payne’s Hatbox

Remembrance: Charlie Payne’s letter to “My Darling Boys” 23 August 1917

I think about my grandfather every day.  Not surprising as I’m currently writing a book about him.   However, as he served in the British Expeditionary Force during the latter stages of the Great War, the 100th Anniversary of Britain’s entry … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End of the First World War; Charlie Payne at the Second Battle of the Marne, July 1918.

I have previously written an account of aspects of the German Spring Offensive in March 1918, based on Charlie Payne’s experiences during the  Defence of Bucquoy. Today’s blog involves events some four months later. The 1918 German attacks against the … Continue reading

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Saved by the Royal Navy; Genoa 1907

The book that I am currently writing deals with the life and times of my grandfather, Charlie Payne, covering both his civilian life, and his military service during The Great War (1914-1919). In early March 1907 Charlie travelled to Italy … Continue reading

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25th-30th March 1918: Charlie Payne at the Defence of Bucquoy

My Blog post today covers another aspect of my grandfather’s military service during the First World War.  Ninety-six years ago, Private Charlie Payne’s Battalion, the 5th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment was sent into action during the German Spring … Continue reading

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Charlie Payne at the Battle of Cambrai, November 1917

My grandfather, Private Charlie Payne was a Lewis gunner in B Company, Number 7 Platoon, of the 2/5th battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment.  In November 1917 the battalion was involved as part of 62nd Division in the Third … Continue reading

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