Pte. John R. Payne
1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment
Regimental Number 3057838
John Russell Payne was born on March 10th, 1890 in Warsaw, Ontario. He was the son of Paul and Mary Ann (Russell) Payne. The family farmed on Lot 14 on the 4th Concession of Dummer for a number of years before appearing to live in Douro Township by 1911.
Paul was living in Lakefield and employed as a farmer when he received the call to report to Peterborough, Ontario under the Military Service Acton on October 26th, 1917.
Paul travelled to Peterborough where he underwent a medical examination and was declared fit for overseas service. He was nearly 28 years old and stood 5 feet, 8 inches. He was described as having a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was single and declared that he had no previous military experience. John was not immediately called into service but waited for further notice
He was ordered to report to the Canadian Forces training base at Barriefield Camp, Kingston on April 19th 1918. He was placed in the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment to begin training until he was sent overseas at a later date. John remained at Barriefield until June. It was noted in his service file that got into a little trouble there as he is noted as forfeiting 12 days’ pay for being “Absent without Leave”. He was stuck off strength at Barriefield and allowed to return home on September 9th 1918, most likely to help with the harvest on the farm.
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