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6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Family group:

: Acting Warrant Officer Class 1 W. T. Payton, 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade

1914 Star, with clasp (6117 R.S. Mjr., Rif. Brig.); British War and Victory Medals (6117 A-W.O. Cl.1, Rif. Brig.); Army L.S.& G.C., V.R. (6117 Clr. Serjt., Rifle Brigade); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R. (6117 A.S. Mjr., 4/Rif. Bde.)

Seven: Private R. Payton, Royal Army Service Corps, late 6th Battalion London Regiment

1914-15 Star (2039 Pte., 6-Lond. R.); British War and Victory Medals (2039 Pte., 6-Lond. R.); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, 8th Army clasp; Defence and War Medals, extremely fine (12) £400-480

William Thomas “Tottie” Payton was, before the war, one of the three Permanent Staff Instructors on the staff of Colonel Horseley of the Artist Rifles. During the Great War he served with the 4th Rifle Brigade in France/Flanders from 12 December 1914 and was at Salonika on 24 November 1915. At the war’s end he served in Turkey from the Winter of 1918 until May 1919 and was with the platoon that went to Russia, January-April 1919. For his wartime services he was awarded the M.S.M. (London Gazette 1 January 1917). Sold with copied photograph.

His son, R. Payton, joined the 6th City of London Rifles on the outbreak of war and served with the 47th Division at Loos, Vimy and High Wood. With the 58th Division from January 1918 which served at the battles of Albert, Bapaume and Villers Brettaneux. He re-enlisted in the R.A.S.C. in 1941.