Dr. Edward Melville Bruce Payne

Dr. Edward Melville Bruce Payne  1871 – 1933

Edward was baptised on 17th April 1871 in Deal, to parents David Bruce-Payne, a Canon, and Elizabeth (née Woodside). 

In 1881, he was a boarder at Christ’s Hospital, Hereford, and in 1890 commenced study in London to become a doctor. 

He married Marguerite Burnham Fair on 14th June 1901 in Upper Tooting, after which they lived at Melville, Shepherdswell. 

He had a daughter born in 1903 who died less than a year later, and a son born in 1905. 

In 1910, he became a Freemason in the Foreland Lodge. He owned a car and in 1914 there was a false rumour that he had knocked down a lady in Kearsney. Only five months later he collided with a barrow in Dover and knocked down the porter. Also in 1914, he gave evidence at a trial following the discovery of a dead baby in a trunk at the vicarage in Shepherdswell.

He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a lieutenant captain on 1st September 1915 but was invalided home from Gallipoli.

The family moved away in 1919 and he died at King’s College Hospital on 20th May 1933, with his residence given as Forest Hill.