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Friday 28 September 2012

Peter George Stanhope Payne




Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a taphophile.


Monument to Peter George Stanhope Payne and Maud Payne, All Saints Churchyard, Bisham Berkshire.


"Peter George Stanhope Payne 28th May 1928.  Maud Payne 2nd July 1937."
 Peter George Stanhope Payne was born in Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire in 1862 to Sir Salusbury Gillies Payne, Justice of the Peace for Bedfordshire and Catherine Ann Chadwick.

In 1881 Peter is listed on the census as an Undergraduate of Oxford University, before going on to become a barrister.

In 1892 Peter married Maud Banbury, daughter of Frederick Banbury and Cecilla Laura Cox.  Maud was born in London in 1868.

Edited:  Peter and Maud had two children, Marjory Enid and Lionel Guy Stanhope.  It seems that Lionel had a very interesting military career and was awarded the military cross.

"Citation for the award of the Military Cross

Capt. Lionel Guy Stanhope Payne, Suff. R. and R.F.C.

For conspicuous
gallantry and devotion to duty. On four occasions he bombed important enemy railway stations, obtaining direct hits on each occasion. He also carried out a long distance raid on an enemy .aerodrome, which he bombed from 1,100 feet, making the return journey at a height of 800 with, his machine damaged. He has taken part in .many night bombing raids, always at a low altitude, and has set a fine example of determination to all ranks of his squadron."


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4 comments:

  1. Hi Nicola, I find your Taphophile series really interesting and it inspired me to take a few photos in one of our cemeteries, here's to you, check it out : http://danicabridgesmartin.blogspot.nl/2012/09/other-bloggers.html
    :) Danica Martin

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    1. Thank you. I am glad that I have inspired you to post your own pictures.

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  2. This sounds like the life of a couple who did not want for many things in life. Except perhaps, children. On my little travel computer I am not able to scour the image to see what else it says. However, I figure if there were children involved you would have mentioned that. You being that sort of little black duck ...

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    1. I do apologise, they did have children. I don't know why I didn't add them to the post. Maybe having one of those days when I researched it.

      Anyway, Thay had Marjory Enid in 1894 and Lionel Guy Stanhope in 1895.

      A quick google of Lionel's nname produced this -

      "Citation for the award of the Military Cross

      Capt. Lionel Guy Stanhope Payne, Suff. R. and R.F.C.

      For conspicuous1 gallantry and devotion to duty. On four occasions he bombed important enemy railway stations, obtaining direct hits on each occasion. He also carried out a long distance raid on an enemy .aerodrome, which he bombed from 1,100 feet, making the return journey at a height of 800 with, his machine damaged. He has taken part in .many night bombing raids, always at a low altitude, and has set a fine example of determination to all ranks of his squadron."

      Now all I have to do is find out where he is buried.

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