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Vivian Ponsonby Payne

Birthplace: Canada
Death: Died in At Sea - Titanmic Casualty
Cause of death: Died in the sinking. Body Not Recovered
Immediate Family:

Son of Vivian's Father Payne

Occupation: Private Secretary/
Managed by: Private User
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About Vivian Ponsonby Payne

  • Name: Mr Vivian Ponsonby Payne
  • Born: 1889
  • Age: 22 years
  • Last Residence: in Montreal Québéc Canada
  • Occupation: Clerk
  • 1st Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 12749 , £93 10s
  • Cabin No.: B24
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body Not Recovered

Mr Vivian Ponsonby Payne, was born in 1889. His father, an accountant with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, died in 1903 when Payne was 13. The company president, Charles Melville Hays, who had no sons of his own, became surrogate father to the boy.

Payne attended the High School of Montreal where he was described as "a brilliant student, his standing was won not only by his superior ability but by hard work." After his graduation he was engaged by Hays as a private secretary, and worked for the Grand Trunk running errands between offices in Montreal and Ottawa. "Mr Payne had the knack of making friends without any effort on his part, and attracted to himself everyone with whom he came into contact." observed the Montreal Herald.

His trip with Hays to Europe was Payne's first to England and in a letter to his mother he was astonished at how green the countryside was in March. On the Titanic Payne occupied cabin B-24.

As soon as she heard the ship had sunk, Payne's mother held a vigil outside White Star Offices in Montreal and pleaded for news. "Can't you find out something about my boy?" she is quoted in the Toronto Globe, "He was my baby and he is only 22. Do you not think that Mr Hays would see that he was saved?" Payne's body was never recovered. A Brass tablet in his memory was erected in Montreal's Christ Church Anglican Cathedral by "123 of his associates."

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr Charles Melville Hays
  • Mrs Clara Jennings Hays
  • Miss Mary Anne Perreault

References and Sources

  • Alan Hustak (1999) Titanic: The Canadian Story. Véhicule Press. ISBN 1 55065 113 7
  • Montreal Daily Herald, 19 April 1912, "Mr Payne Hewed A Path to Success."


  • John Baxter, Canada
  • Alan Hustak, Canada
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Vivian Ponsonby Payne's Timeline

April 15, 1912
Age 23
At Sea - Titanmic Casualty
- present
High School of Montreal
- present
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway