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15 Aug 1915
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Lance-Sgt Albert Payne, 2289, 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 15th, 1915 - on the same battlefield and same day that a younger brother, Cpl Nathan Payne, aged 21, also died.
A letter from the Territorial Records Office arrived at 2 Beech Road, Luton, on September 8th informing his widow, Emily Rose, and his mother, Ellen, that he was "missing, believed killed, as reported from Alexandria on 2nd September".
Lance-Sgt Payne was aged 27 (born early 1888) and had been in the Territorials nine years. He had married Emily Rose Pinney on April 20th, 1908, and was employed at George Kent's Ltd until the outbreak of war. The firm's flag flew at half mast in remembrance, and General Manager Mr Leigh Kent saw Sgt Payne's widow and children to personally express deepest regret on behalf of the firm.
In January, eldest son Harry Gray (Payne), Royal Garrison Artillery, received a military funeral in Luton after dying in a hospital at Edinburgh from wounds sustained at the Front in October 1914.
A fourth son, Pte Walter Payne, aged 17, was stationed at Newmarket with the 2/5th Bedfords,