Born in the parish of St. Pancras, London.
Enlisted into the 15th Hussars at Maidstone on the 6th of December 1852, but no Regimental number was allocated.
Height: 5' 7".
Appearance: Fair complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.
Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 24th of June 1854:
20 June 1854.
Sir;- With reference to my letter of yesterday, I am directed to acquaint you that the General Commanding-in-Chief has been pleased to approve the transfer of Private Joseph Payne as an added Volunteer from the 15th Hussars to the 13th Light Dragoons.
I have the honour, etc. etc,.
G. A. Weatherall,
Officer Commanding 13th LD. DAG."
From Private to Corporal: 24th of July 1854.
Sent from Dorchester to the Maidstone Depot on the 1st of June 1855, embarked to join the Service Troops on the 12th of June and landed at Balaclava on the 9th of July.
Discharged from Cahir on the 15th of November 1856 a result of "Reduction of the Army and being unfit for further service. This man has been much in hospital since joining and although labouring under no specific disease, I am of the opinion that he will be permanently ineffective from his natural weakness of constitution. Is able to earn his own living."
Served 3 years 348 days,
In Turkey and the Crimea: 1 year.
Conduct: "good." Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.
Aged 23 years on discharge.
Awarded a pension of 6d. per day for six months.
To live in London.
Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.
The Returned Medal book states that his Crimean and Turkish medals were returned to the Mint. There is no trace of issue.
Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.