Percy Archer

Name

Percy Archer

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/05/1917
21

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
493200
London Regiment
"A" Company, 13th (County of London) Princess Louise’s Kensington Bn

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN
IV. G. 19.
France

UK Memorials

St Thomas' Mission Hall Memorial, Green Tye
St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green (nr Much Hadham)
Much Hadham Village Memorial
Bench Plaque, High Street, Much Hadham
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congrega

Pre War

Born on 15 Jun 1895 and baptised on 6 Oct 1895 in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire son of Alfred William and Rosa (Strudwick) Archer. In 1911 he was living at home in High Street, Much Hadham and working as a grocer’s porter.

Wartime Service

Formerly Private 6113, 8th Middlesex Regiment and then Private 6395 London Regiment. In February 1916 the soldiers from the regiment were transferred to the London Regiment and posted to France on 1st September 1916. This presumably accounts for his third service number He died of wounds in France probably in the casualty clearing station at Duisans. War Diary Notes 1917: Between the 6th and 12th of May an attack was made on German positions near Guemappe. During this time the Kensingtons were on patrols and in support trenches where they had to endure sustained shellfire. Percy died at a clearing station behind the front line, having been wounded by the shelling at this time.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)