PAYTON, Hilda Frances Elizabeth Lucy


Hilda Frances Elizabeth Lucy PAYTON was born in Calton, Staffordshire on the 9th July, 19091. Her father was the Vicar2.

She had two brothers who died in WW1. Cpl Fredrick Thomas Croydon PAYTON died on the Somme on the 1st July, 19163. He was a member of the Special Brigade created to conduct gas attacks as well as smoke barrages. Lt. Clement Wattson PAYTON ( was an RAF ace awarded the DFC and also the Crois de Guerre from Belgium. He was shot down and killed on the 2nd October, 19184.

In 1938 she was working as a nurse in the Trinity Nursing Home, Torquay in Devon, where the British Journal of Nursing records a patient leaving a legacy of £1000 to her "who nursed me during my illness" 5.

Nursing in Service WW2

She joined the Territorial Army Nursing Service (TANS) on the 30th May 19416, and transferred to the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) on 1 January, 1946 with a seniority of 1 February 19417. Her Commission was made substantive on 1st February, 19498.

After WW2

She transferred to the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps on it's foundation and appears in the Army List for 1952 with the rank of Major9. In 1953 she married Dr.John Horsfield Otty10. She died on 8 January, 1977 in Bingley. West Yorkshire11.


  1. England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906
  2. The National Archives: England Census RG14 Ashbourne 437/20/211033
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,%20CLEMENT%20WATSON
  4. Legacies to Nurses. British Journal of Nursing. 1938, February pp.44
  5. London Gazette, 6th February, 1942 pp.608
  6. London Gazette, 17th May, 1946 pp.2338
  7. London Gazette, 25th February, 1949 pp. 991
  8. The Army List 1952
  9. England & Wales, Marriage Index 1916-2005
  10. England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007