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Private Charles Archer (4996)

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

Cap badge of the Worcestershire Regiment

Malvern Commemoration: Malvern Library

Burial/Commemoration: Thiepval Memorial

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

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 [1] 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 [2] 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 [3].

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

Soldiers Papers PRO WO 363 A386

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[1] 3/8th Worcestershire: http://www.worcestershireregiment.com/

[2] Somme: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Somme

[3] 14th December: http://www.malvernremembers.org.uk/war-diary-entry/le-sars-infront-of-the-butte-de-warlencourt-after-the-end-of-the-somme-campaign-141216

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