Bank: London County & Westminster Bank
Place of work: Dorking branch
Died: 30 November 1917
Harold Payne was born in Bromley, Kent, on 29 April 1889, the son of Douglas Payne and his wife Margaret Lucy. In November 1906, when he was 17 years old, Payne went to work for London & County Bank. In 1909 London & County Bank merged with London & Westminster Bank and Payne became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank.
Payne was also a territorial soldier, a member of the Royal East Kent Yeomanry. At the outbreak of war in 1914 Payne was mobilised with his battalion, leaving his job as a clerk at the bank's Dorking branch to go on active service. He was later commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery, and by the time of his death in November 1917 held the rank of Second Lieutenant. Payne died in France on 30 November 1917. He was 28 years old.
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Erica Chambers, Dorking Museum December 02 2021 15:20PM
Dorking Museum researched Harold Payne’s story as part of their WW1 Remembrance Project as he appears on the Dorking Museum War Memorial.
In May 2021, we were contacted by Tony Greatwood from Perth, Western Australia. Tony had purchased a clock that Howard had been given at his wedding, by his colleagues at the Dorking branch of the London County and Westminster Bank.
We were so pleased to add this story to Howard’s page on our Museum website - and we are so pleased to see him remembered by Nat West Bank.
Read more of his story on our Museum website here https://dorkingmuseum.org.uk/2nd-lieutenant-harold-payne/