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Name Frank Macdonald Archer
Date/Place of Birth 15 Jun 1894 / 49 Riversdale Rd, Islington, Ldn
Parents' Names Joseph Edwin; Kate (nee McDonald)
Father's Occupation/Location Commercial Traveller; Wood Green, Ldn
Father's Death/Incapacity Suicide while temporarily insane
Admitted to AO 23 May 1902 (Aged 7)
Admission No 5539
Left OWS&AO Dec 1908 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence [1911 C] Indoor Messenger G P O; 149 Blythswood Rd, Goodmayes, Ilford, Essex
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Rifleman; 2438
Battalion/Regiment 1st/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regt
Killed/Death 24 May 1915 (Aged 20)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Le Touret Memorial
Memorial Reference Panel 45
Campaign Medals 1914/15 Star; Victory Medal; British War Medal
Frank Macdonald was born to Joseph and Kate Archer in Islington, London, on 15 June 1894. He was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage when he was seven years old following the sudden death of his father. He left the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage in December 1908, aged 14. The 1911 Census shows Frank living at Goodmayes in Essex and working as a messenger with the General Post Office. Frank volunteered for military service soon after the outbreak of war. He joined 1st/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment, which landed at Le Havre on 18 March 1915. Rifleman Archer was killed in action on the Western Front two months later, on 24 May 1915, aged 20. British forces took very heavy losses in the battle of Festubert, between 15, and 25 May. Rifleman Archerís body was not recovered from the battlefield and his name is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, near Bethune in the Pas-de-Calais area of France. The Memorial commemorates over 13,000 British soldiers who have no known grave. At the time of Rifleman Archerís death his mother was living at 39 Orpington Road, Winchmore Hill, London.
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