Born: 1886, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
Baptised: 30th July 1886, at Wootton Bassett Parish Church, the same day as his sister Emma Maud Mary Archer. Parents: Clara Beatrice & William Archer, a Farmer, of Black Dog, Wootton Bassett.
Died: 4th November 1915; age 29; of Dysentery at Malta.
Occupation: Railway Clerk.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 21st September 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5766
Regiment: Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment, 5th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War 1914 Star + Clasp.
1891 Black Dog, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William James Archer, 38, a Farmer’s Son, born Wootton Bassett.
Clara Beatrice Archer (nee Rogers), 29, born Chard, Somerset.
Emma Maud Mary Archer, 8, born Swindon, Wiltshire.
Thomas Richard Smith Archer, 3, born Wootton Bassett.
Alfred Herbert Archer, 9 months, born Wootton Bassett.
1901 Upper Shidley Farm, Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire.
William was 15 years old, a Servant – Milk Boy, for 44 year old, Farmer, Stephen Henry Newth and his family.
1911 South Africa.
William was 24 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the 1st Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment.
William’s father, William James Archer died 1909, Wootton Bassett.
Soldiers’ Effects to Emma – aunt, and Jane Maria Cowey.
William is also remembered on St. Clement’s Church WW1 War Memorial.
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