Regarding Oliver Payne.
I am researching the lives of three of the PAYNE brothers, all of whom were born in Blockley, Worcestershire, England and emigrated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the early 1900s;
• Henry John Payne, born February 4th 1884,
• Oliver Frank Payne, born June 10th 1886, and
• (Charles) Harold Payne, born 1893.
Oliver’s life story has been my main focus but I am very interested in all his siblings as well. He arrived in Canada on March 17th 1911 with his older brother Henry (frequently called “Harry”). Henry initially emigrated to Canada in 1908, probably with cousin Ernest Frederick Ledbetter, but they both returned to England.
The third brother, Harold, emigrated to Canada in 1913 with two cousins, George Readman and the Ernest Frederick Ledbetter who originally went in 1908.
Oliver enlisted in the army in Calgary on October 19th 1915 and served in France where he fought as a scout/sniper in the 50th Battalion. He frequently partnered with Henry Norwest, a famous Metis sniper - one of the top three in the Allied army. Oliver returned to Calgary in April, 1919 for demobilization. He lived out his life in that city.
Oliver married Jane CLARIDGE (of Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England) in Calgary in November, 1920, only days after she arrived in Canada with her daughter Margaret, then 7 years old. Oliver and Jane had no offspring.
Oliver died in Calgary in 1966 (aged 79).
Jane died in Calgary in 1967 (aged 81).
Margaret died in Calgary in 1985 (aged 72) and was buried in her mother’s grave in Calgary two days later.
I have much more than this and far more detail. I would be pleased to send you, or anyone else interested, a copy of my 7 page summary of Oliver’s life – with two photographs I have of him.
Regarding excellent books - Oliver is referred to in a book by Victor W. Wheeler entitled “The 50th Battalion in No Man’s Land: 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Alberta Regiment) CEF 1915-1919” - pages 82, 241 & 242.