James Payton was born in Dudley and was married to Bertha of 27 Pitfield Street, Kates Hill. He was a volunteer and joined the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Worcesters. After training in England they were sent out to Gallipoli as reinforcements to break the stalemate against the Turkish forces on the peninsula. They went ashore on the island of Mudros before experiencing a few days in the front line at Cape Helles. They returned to Mudros on the 29th July where Private Payton died on the 2nd August. He was 36 years of age and is buried in East Mudros Cemetery (II C 43). He is commemorated on the Dudley and St. James church Memorials.
Town Hall, Priory Street, Dudley
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