Other names: Richard Spencer
Locations in this story: Christchurch, HampshireShaftesbury, DorsetSingapore, MalayaKensington, LondonBournemouth, Dorset
Story: The birth of Richard Spencer Payne was registered at Christchurch, Hampshire, on 5 Sep 1900 the son of Charles Payne and Rebecca Edith Payne (nee Dixon). He lived his early life in Bournemouth, Dorset, and, by 1911, had become a Pupil/Boarder at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. On finishing his education he signed on in 1918 as a Merchant Seaman (Registration No. 212830) attached to the Royal Naval Reserve as a Midshipman. Following the end of the war he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He sailed for Singapore on 20 Aug 1927 being described as a Rubber Planter and whilst there he married Phyllis Blair. He returned to the UK in 1934. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Flat 4 Holland Park Gardens, Kensington, London, described as a Civil Service Clerk. His death was recorded in Kirkmahoe, Dumfries, Scotland, on 6 Nov 1948 and he was buried in Kirkmahoe Churchyard on 8 Nov 1948.