David Shepherd Bayne was born in Creich in the County of Fife on 3 June 1893. His father was James Bayne, a Ploughman and his mother, Euphemia Thomson or Bayne. He was one of seven children.
David Bayne joined Edinburgh City Police on 29 September 1914 and was posted to ‘A’ Division with the shoulder number 53.
On 7 December 1914, he resigned from Edinburgh City Police to join the Army. He enlisted in the Royal Scots as Private 19416 but was later temporarily transferred to the Military Foot Police with the number P/15875.
His Medal Index Card (MIC) confirms his entitlement to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He can be seen wearing both ribbons in a Divisional photograph taken in 1922.
The Medal Roll of the Military Foot Police dated November 1920, states that David served in the 2nd Royal Scots from 1 January 1916 - 13 June 1917, and in the Military Foot Police from 24 December 1917 - 11 November 1918. His medals are named to "19416 Pte. D S Bayne R Scots".
Many First World War records were destroyed in enemy bombing of London during the 2nd World War and I have been unable to trace David Bayne’s other records of service, so far.
He was demobbed in 1919.
In the “Weekly Record” of Edinburgh City Police for 8 July 1919, under “Re-Appointments” it states:
“PC 122 David S. Bayne (late No 53) – With 4 years and 212 days Army Service and former Police Service counting for pension (Placed in 1st Grade, 3rd Class – 47/- (£2.35p per week)”
On 30 June, 1922, he married Jean Dinnie McLennan in Edinburgh.
On 1 November 1927, he was “Commended for courageous conduct in stopping a runaway horse in Market Street on 18 October 1927.”
On 26 October 1943, along with PC 74 “A” James McGregor, David Bayne was “Commended for vigilance and tact displayed leading to the arrest of five men for housebreaking.”
David Shepherd Bayne retired from the Edinburgh City Police on 8 April 1946. David was entitled to the award of the Defence Medal for his service during World War 2.
He died in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh on 1 June 1950.
All of the images below were given to me by members of David Shepherd Bayne's descendents, in particular, those of his eldest and youngest children, Gladys and Raymond.
Sincere thanks for permitting me to use these to illustrate this article.
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