Well-known veteran passes away

ANZAC Day celebrations will not be same this year after the death of well known veteran Dick Payten who passed away on Saturday less than a month before his 99th birthday.

The World War II veteran served as a bombardier in the 2nd 6th Field Artillery Regiment of the 7th Division – diggers credited with stopping the Japanese army’s advancement through New Guinea toward northern Australia in 1944.
The retired crepe paper manufacturer spent much of the last 30 years volunteering as a Legatee and was the driving force behind establishing a memorial to the 7th Division at Bass Hill in 2009.
Blaxland MP Jason Clare joined Mr Payten on a trip to Port Moresby for the 70th anniversary of Kokoda.
“We went to Bomana Cemetery and visited the tombstone of Arnold Darling,” Mr Clare said. “Dick lost his best mate after a US plane crashed into a fuel depot that killed many, including Arnold.
“After the war Dick got married, had kids, set up a business but never forgot his mates.
“Dick, we will miss you very much. You’re on your way now to see your lovely wife, all of your mates and back with Arnold.”
Mr Payten will be farewelled at Hope Point Church, Beale St, Georges Hall. on Saturday at 10am, followed by a wake at Chester Hill RSL Club.