Payne, Ann Emily Hazel

Payne, Ann Emily Hazel (Nancy)

Civilian War Dead

Died of injuries on Wednesday 28 May 1941 as the result of enemy action on 10 May 1941 (aged 41)

Buried:

Watford North Cemetery, Hertfordshire, England (Section B Consecrated Grave 1373)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Aunt of Sergeant Newtown Hunter Middleton Williams (No. 1490507)

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Ann Emily Hazel Payne, who died in Leavesden Emergency Hospital on 28 May 1941 as the result of injuries received on 10 May 1941 at Conduit Street, London, was:

  • A member of Westminster Air Raid Precautions (ARP) services
  • Living at 27 Conduit Street, London
  • A daughter of Katharine Payne of Marino, Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

Anna Emily Payne was born on 12 December 1899 in Marino, Holywood and she was a daughter of George Whateley Payne and Katharine Payne (nee Hunter) who were married on 3 August 1886 in Magheradroll Parish Church of Ireland Church, Ballynahinch.  George Whateley Payne (aged 31), a tea agent from 14 Clipstone Avenue, Nottingham was a son of George Thomas Payne, a Clerk in Holy Orders.  Katharine Hunter (aged 27) from 43 Cromwell Road, Belfast was a daughter of William Steen Hunter, a merchant.

George Whateley Payne and Katharine Payne (nee Hunter) had five children:

Marjorie (born 11 March 1888 at 43 Cromwell Road, Belfast)

Alexander Hunter (born 3 April 1889 at 43 Cromwell Road, Belfast)

Eleanor (Ellen) Purdon (born 15 October 1892 at 43 Cromwell Road, Belfast)

William Labat (born 9 August 1897 in Marino, Holywood)

Anna Emily (born 12 December 1899 in Marino, Holywood)

Anna Emily Payne’s sister, Eleanor (Ellen) Purdon Payne, and Captain Newtown Middleton Williams were married on 7 May 1919 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Philip and St. James).  Their son, Sergeant Newtown Hunter Middleton (Tony) Williams (No. 1490507), was killed in an aircraft accident on Monday 23 August 1943 (aged 19).

Ann Emily Hazel (Nancy) Payne was buried in Watford North Cemetery, Hertfordshire on 27 August 1943 and there is an inscription on her headstone:

SHE LOVED LONDON AND DIED IN ITS DEFENCE

Four other family members were buried in the same plot:

  • Her nephew, Sergeant Newtown Hunter Middleton Williams.
  • Her brother-in-law, Captain Newton Middleton Williams who died on 7 May 1945 (aged 55) and was interred on 11 May 1945.
  • Her sister, Eleanor Purdon Williams (aged 92) who was interred on 24 June 1985 (cremated remains).
  • Her nephew, Brian Middleton Williams (aged 70) who was interred on 27 November 1996 (cremated remains).

Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.