Wednesday, July 06, 2005

6 July 1915 - Leslie Payne promoted to Corporal at Shorncliffe

Five days later, on 6th July, Leslie Payne was also promoted to the rank of Corporal - the official confirmation came through in Part II Daily Orders on the following day, the 7th, and accordingly his pay was raised by an extra 10c. per day. It was on these two days, according to the War Diaries, that Nos. 7 & 8 Companies were busy moving the 29th and 31st Battalions and their equipment from Dibgate Camp to Lydd.


Blogger Titania said...

I am sure it was not an easy life. I just read again about Napoleons campaign to Russia; at Borodino, 35000 died on the french side and 45000 on the Russian side. On the French side were many Poles because they wanted their country back which was divided between the Prussians, Austrians and Russians, Poland was the bread basket of Europe. Has anybody ever learned, I mean the dead can't complain anymore. Interesting history you are compiling, soldiers always think they do the right thing.

25 August, 2012 17:31  
Blogger Brett Payne said...

Thanks for your comment Titania. As you've no doubt noticed, I haven't done much to this blog for ages - the plan was to slowly work through my grandad's entire war service, but I didn't get very far before being distracted by other projects. Perhaps I'll return to it some day.

Regards, Brett

25 August, 2012 17:36  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Hello. I just googled 'Shorncliffe, July 1915' and the first return was a link to your blog post. Interesting to stubble upon someone whos passion is old photographs as the reason I did the search in the first place is because I'm going through my great grandfathers (who I know very little about)old photo album and came across a loose photo from the great war with a message to my great grandfather typed on the back. It reads "This was taken at Shorncliffe July 1915. The King, Kitchener and Gen. Sam Steel inspecting the 29th Can. Battalion. You will likely know the Admiral on the horse."
It is not signed and my great grandfather who was only about 17 at the time is likely not the admiral. Any insight?

31 March, 2014 06:29  
Blogger Brett Payne said...

Hi Teresa, and thanks for leaving a comment. General Steele accompanied King George V and Lord Kitchener as they inspected the troops of the Canadian Second Division, including my grandfather - I've seen mention of the event in the unit War Diaries. King George was, of course, Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy, and was most likely the person referred to in your photo. I haven't seen any photos of the event, so would be very grateful for a scan of your photo, please. Please email me at

31 March, 2014 16:09  

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