Private Charles Archer (4996)

1/8th Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment, 144th Brigade, 48th Division, T.F., B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: Malvern Library,

Burial/Commemoration: Thiepval

Nature of Death: Killed in action below the Butte de Warlencourt, near Contalmaison, Somme, France 14/12/16

Age: 38

Next of Kin: Brother of Caroline Allard of Stone Cottage, Colwall

Previous Employment: Labourer at Grimley, Worcs

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Charles Archer, a single labourer at Grimley at time of enlistment, was born at Upland, near Upton-on-Severn in 1877. He enlisted at Worcester in March 1916 and after training with the 3/8th Worcestershire embarked at Southampton for France on 30th August 1916. He joined the 1/8th Worcestershire on the 10th September at Authille and served in operations around Le Sars, on the Somme in November and December. It was here, in front of the Butte de Warlencourt that he was killed by a shell burst on the night of the 14th December.

His brother, Thomas, served with the 1st Worcestershire Regiment during the war.

Soldiers Papers PRO WO 363 A386

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