Canadian Memorial Cross – 72nd Infantry (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada), Cambrai casualty
Memorial Cross, 2138318 Pte A. Payne.
CWGC confirms Albert Payne died on the 29th September 1918 aged 34, the son of Emma Payne of Thornton Heath, Surrey.
His service papers show that he arrived in England on the 28th April 1918 from the reserve, being posted first to the 29th Battalion on the 20th August, then to the 72nd Battalion on the 9th September and was Killed in Action with them on the 29th September 1918 having spent less than 2 months in the field.
On the 29th the Battalion captured Sancourt and then sent out patrols to Blecourt
The 72nd Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada), CEF was authorized on 10 July 1915 and embarked for Britain on 23 April 1916. It disembarked in France on 13 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 12th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion disbanded on 30 August 1920
For History of the 72nd during WW1 click here. Go to page 146 for an account of this action.
Medal – EF