Biggin Hill War Memorial

1939 - 1945

J R Payne

Jack was the youngest brother of Richard (Dick) Payne and uncle to Kathleen, Lorna, Audrey and Cicely, of Biggin Hill.

Between HMS York (disabled 26.3.1941 - demolished 22.5.1941) and HMS Cowdray he spent some time aboard HMS Protector.

"Almost at the moment when French resistance around Algiers ceased, the Axis picked up the ball. Between 1650 and 1735 on D-day, 8 November, the ships of Group Charlie at anchor off the beaches east of Cape Matifou were subjected to a determined dive bombing and torpedo attack by about 21 JU-88s and Heinkel IIIs. ... H.M.S. Cowdray suffered a bomb hit in the fireroom, killing several men (5) and wounding many (12)."

History of United States Naval Operations in World War II by Samuel Eliot Morison

photo of John (Jack) Payne

"Missing A.B. John Payne, R.N. son of the late Captain James Payne and Mrs Beatrice Payne of the Nightingale Cafe, Biggin Hill, who is now residing at Orpington, has been reported missing (presumed killed). John Payne who was 26, served on H.M.S. York, which was sunk off Crete in 1941 (26th March). He had served with the convoys to Russia and was reported missing on 8th November (1942), the day of the Allied landings in North Africa. He was educated at Keston Council School, and was an assistant at Robin's Stores, Biggin Hill for some time, and later was employed at Bombers Farm, Westerham Hill.

The Kentish Times (2nd April 1943)