William Bernard Camborne Paynter
1901 - 1978

 Relationship to me: First cousin twice removed Gen -2

William Bernard Camborne Paynter
circa 1920

 Born: 1901 Yeovil, Somerset
 Died: 1978
 Age 77  
 Father:      James Bernard Paynter 1789 - 1863
 Mother: Maud Josephine Beckton 1867 - 1942
 Brothers: (younger) Edwin Pendarvis (known as Pendarvis) 1901 - 1978
 Sisters:   (younger) Margaret Catherine Amelia (known as Peggy) c1908* - c1990
 Married: probably remained unmarried  
 Children: probably none  

William Camborne Paynter: Camborne Paynter appears to have lived an itinerant life (see letter below). When his father died in 1927, Camborne inherited Hendford Manor but sold it to Yeovil Town Council in 1935. It appears that he then lived with his mother, Maud Paynter, in Yeovil until her death in 1939.

Amongst my father's sundry papers are two letters written to him by Camborne Paynter in 1957 and one in 1961. The first of these (dated July 1957) records that:

"Since my mother's death in 1942, I have had no home and after the War I have been wandering about. I left England in Feb 1951 for New Zealand and have been between there and Australia ever since except last year when I spent the summer in England. I do not intend settling in Australia.

Peggy is sharing a house with an old school friend ... near Guildford, Surrey. She is very busy with the WVS [Women's Voluntary Service]. Pen [Pendarvis] and Cicily live at "Little Gill" near Edenbridge near Tunbridge in Kent. After the war he bought a wine business in Tunbridge Wells, mostly as a means of getting cheap drink! However he didn't make it pay and has sold it. He is now poultry farming at home! Cecil is about 27. He did well at polo and other games in the 3rd K.O. Hussars but got tired of it. He is now in Bryant & May[a large match-stick company] and doing well. Jack, a year or two younger, soon came out of the army and is at McGill University in Montreal, and works conscientiously. He intends living in Canada."

The second letter dated Nov 1957 records that:

"Pendarvis's two children Cecil and Jack both went to Wellington. Pendarvis and Cicily are struggling to keep their home going. They have lately gone for poultry and the sale of flowers, vegetables and honey to get their place accepted as a small holding. They are anxiously awaiting the verdict."

From the tone of his letters, it would appear that Camborne never married or had children.

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