John Dyer Pamment was born in Watford, Herts, on 9th July 1891, son of Benjamin Pamment and Harriet Pamment (nee Dyer), who brought up their family at 3 Watford Heath, Oxhey, Herts. His father was a railway clerk and there were twelve children in the family, four of whom did not survive to adulthood.
He was Baptised on 17th September 1897 at St Matthews Church, Oxhey, Herts.
1901 Census returns record John aged 9, living with his 5 siblings, Martha 15, Frank 13, Ernest 11, Beatrice 7, and Herbert 2, at 3, Watford Heath, Oxhey.
By the time of the 1911 census, John was 19 and employed as a butcher’s assistant. He and three of his siblings, Ernest 21, Beatrice 16, and Herbert 12, were still living at home with their parents.
John emigrated to Australia on 1st April 1913, aboard the “Port Macquarie” London to Melbourne: a farm labourer aged 21. Possible with his brother Ernest Dyer Pamment.
His parents married 21 December 1879 at St John the Baptist, Kentish Town, London. Benjamin died 31 January 1926 in St Alban’s, Herts, aged 66, and was buried 5 February in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Harriet died 8 June 1932 in Watford aged 72, and was buried 10 June, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
There is another article about john in the Melbourne Argus dated 21 September 1918.