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Beatrice Charlotte Annie Payne

Beatrice was Charlie's youngest sister, and is referred to in his diaries as 'Beaty' and 'B'. Born at 29 Marsden Road, Goose Green, East Dulwich on 27 May 1891 she was seven years younger than Charlie. In 1907, aged 15-16 she spent time in Belgium, probably undertaking studies that included music. She is known to have been a good pianist and gave piano lessons to several of her nephews. At the age of 37 she married Richard Hayward Purser (a shopkeeper and general merchant) at St Saviours Church, Buckley Hill on 16 August 1928, witnessed by her brother Norman and sister, Gert. The couple appear to have had no children. Beatrice died on 27 March 1965 in Southwark

Beatrice and Charlie appear to have had a good brother-sister relationship. During 1907, Charlie was working in Genoa for the American Express Company, and Beatrice was in Belgium. In June 1907 Beatrice clearly expected Charlie to be a better correspondent than he had been, and sent him a postcard to that effect. The text speaks for itself. As a good brother should, Charlie noted a few days later in his diary for 1907 that he had: "Wrote a long letter to Beaty."

June 1907 postcard from Beatrice to Charlie