Birth date: 1 August 1900
Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Death date: 1967
Death place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Final rank: Chief Petty Officer
Service number: 343 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: HMAS Sydney

Roy Clarence Vayne was born in Perth on 1 August 1900, and was just 14 years old when he enlisted with the Royal Australian Navy in February 1915. For the majority of the First World War Vayne served on HMAS Sydney, which in late 1916 was sent to serve with the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet in the North Sea. There he received a pair of socks through the Rhynie Red Cross Society, knitted by an 8-year-old girl. Vayne wrote a letter of thanks back to the girl, detailing how he missed the sunshine in Australia and hoping the girl wasn't too disappointed that the socks went to a sailor instead of an infantryman. He returned home after the war and married in 1927.

Following the outbreak of the Second World War Vayne served as part of the auxiliary service and spent the majority of the war at the naval base HMAS Torrens. By the time he was discharged on 31 July 1950 he had attained the rank of chief petty officer. Roy Vayne died in Adelaide in 1967.

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Vayne, Roy Clarence (Chief Petty Officer, b.1900)

Collection relating to the service of 343 Chief Petty Officer Roy Clarence Vayne, Royal Australian Navy, 1917. Collection consists of a two page letter (with envelope) written by Vayne to Miss Marjorie Mitchell, of Riverton, South Australia, dated 9 September 1917. Mitchell, an eight year old... Maker: Vayne, Roy Clarence

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Digitised Collection

Correspondence from Roy Clarence Vayne to Marjorie Mitchell, 1917

Correspondence relating to the First World War service of 343 Chief Petty Officer Roy Clarence Vayne, Royal Australian Navy. In a letter to the eight year old Marjorie Mitchell, Vayne thanks Mitchell for the pair of socks she knitted and sent to him through her local Red Cross society. This file...



date of birth 1900-08-01
Date of death 1967