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Photo courtesy Vanda Coulson
Joseph, born in about 1878 at Heage, was the son of Joseph and Leah Payne. He married Florence Elizabeth Smith in 1905 at Crich and the couple lived on the Dimple, Crich. He enlisted in June 1916 and was called up in March 1917, at Derby, aged thirty-nine, a married building contractor. Serving with the 431 Siege Battery in France from September 1917, he was demobbed in February 1919.
After the war he won the contract to build the new Memorial Tower (commonly called Crich Stand) to relace an earlier stand which had been severely damaged. The tower was opened in 1923 and dedicated to all the men who died serving the Sherwood Foresters during WW1.
Around 1930, Joseph Payne left Crich. After several years living in the Skegness area, he settled at Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, where he had previously been responsible for building a new sewerage works during 1928/9. Joseph passed away on 8 March 1961 and was interred in Kimberley Cemetery. As the building contractor who built Crich Stand, Joseph's headstone features an engraved image of the tower. It is appropriate that the hilltop cemetery commands an impressive panorama, and on a clear day Crich Stand can be viewed in the distance.
See a history of the 1923 Crich Memorial Tower.
Photo courtesy David Bull
Photo courtesy Vanda Coulson
1918 Voters List
Joseph Payne, Dimple, absent on military service.
Derbyshire Courier 20 March 1920
CRICH, LEA & HOLLOWAY
The Crich and District branch of the Comrades of the Great War held a whist tournament and a dance at the Council School on Saturday. Mr Josph Curzon was M.C. for whist and Mr Joseph Payne officiated for dancing. The whist winners were Miss Elsie Moore, Miss Doris Wragg, Mr D.M. Brown and Mr Cyril Brown. For the dancing Messrs. J. Curzon and G. Haynes supplied the music. The ladies committee of the branch catered foe the refreshments.
Derby Daily Telegraph 17 March 1922
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Nominations for the Belper Union
For the following parishes there are no contests.
Crich: Frederick Joseph Lynam, Charles Joseph Else, Joseph Payne, James Henry Dawes, Edgar Ashmore, Frederick Snow, George Anthony Brumwell, Edward Watkins, Percy Peter Taylor
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Army Service Record
He was called up 30/03/17 at Derby, aged 39 years and 107 days, a married contractor who wished to join the Royal Engineers. He was 5ft 8½in tall and next of kin was his wife Florence Elizabeth Payne (née Smith), whom he marri edon 6 June 1905 at Crich. His address was The Dimple, Crich and he was C of E.
30/03/17 Called up to RGA
31/03/17 to 10/04/17 Leave
28/04/17 Posted to 431 Seige Bty
13/09/17 BEF France
1901: Starven Valley, Heage
|Joseph||Payne||Head||58||Stone mason & farmer||Duffield|
|Mary||Cowshill||servant||12||General servany domestic||Ripley|
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1911: Dimple, Crich
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