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Forename(s): Stanley

Place of Birth: Leeds, Yorkshire

Service No: 12033

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1916-07-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Stanley Archibald (born 24 September 1894) was the son of Robert and Mary Ann Archibald, née Meekings. Mary was born at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

1901 Leeds, Yorkshire Census: 26, Chesham Street - Stanley Archibold [sic], aged 6 years, born Leeds, son of Mary A. Archibold, widow.

1911 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 1, Harker Street - Stanley Archibald, aged 16 years, born Leeds, Yorkshire, son of Mary Ann Archibald, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Stanley Archibald, 12033, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 7.7.15. Pres. Dead 7.7.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Stanley Archibald, 12033, 8th W. Rid. R.; 9th W. Rid. R. Died 7.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Stanley Archibald, 12033, 9th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 7.7.16. Contalmaison. Officially accepted. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Mary A. £10 5s. 9d.

Stanley served at Gallipoli with the 8th (Service) Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). He was later transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion; this may have occurred after he had recovered from being wounded, or an illness.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Stanley. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Mary Ann Archibald. Relationship to soldier: Mother. Address: 7, Park Lane, Sutton-in-Craven, Yorks.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Forename(s): Stanley

Born: Leeds

Residence: Sutton-in-Craven, Yorks

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 12033

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 07/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Stanley

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 12033

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 21


Died Date: 07/07/16

Additional Information: Son of the late Robert and Mary Ann Archibald.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

9th (Service) Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

At Bois des Tailles (1/7) awaiting orders to move forward. To Morlancourt (2/7), trenches around Fricourt (3/7). In action during operations at Contalmaison (4/7)-(7/7). Relieved and to Méaulte.

[Stanley Archibald was killed in action on the 7th July 1916.]


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21 July 1916

SUTTON - Local Soldier stated to be Missing

On Wednesday, Mrs. Archibald, of Main Street, received a letter from a chum of her son (Pte. Stanley Archibald) stating that Pte. Archibald had not been seen since the fighting on the 8th of July, and it was not known where he was. At the time of enlistment he resided with his widowed mother, and his sister in Main Street, Sutton-in-Craven, and worked in one of the machine shops in Keighley.

04 August 1916

SUTTON - Wounded and Missing

A field card has been received from Private John W. Earnshaw of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Pals) stating that he has been wounded. Private Earnshaw enlisted in the early days of the war, and prior to enlistment resided at Sutton Mill.

Official news has been received from the Military authorities that Pte. Stanley Archibald is missing. Pte. Archibald was stated to be missing about a fortnight ago, and now the sad news is confirmed by the War Office.

06 October 1916


A service in memory of the late Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, son of Sir John and Lady Horsfall, Hayfield, Glusburn, who was killed in France on the 18th September, was held on Sunday morning in the Sutton Baptist Church. The large chapel was crowded, and amongst those present were Mrs. Cedric Horsfall, the Mayor of Keighley (Mr. W. A. Brigg), with his mace bearer; Sir John and Lady Horsfall, Miss Horsfall, Miss Dora Horsfall, Miss C. Horsfall, Mrs. Norman Walker, Captain and Mrs. J. Donald Horsfall, Mrs. Curry, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Petty, Mr. Tom Spencer (Lyndhurst), Mr. Peter Smith, M.P., Mr. W. E. Foster (Keighley), Major C. P Case, Captain Ray Marriner, Mr. John Clough, Mr. F. J. Wilson, Mr. James Woodrow, and Mr. Edgar Naylor.

At the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. Joseph Petty) played 'O rest in the Lord', and at the conclusion of the service the Dead March in 'Saul' was played, the congregation standing whilst it was being played. The choir, conducted by Mr. Joseph Overend, sang the anthem 'There is a Land'. The service was opened by the singing of 'O God our help in ages past'.

The preacher was the pastor (Rev. F. W. Pollard) who said it was nearly a year since the memorial service for Private Joseph Bancroft was held. He was killed in the trenches on October 23rd last year. Fred Simpson and Walter Haggas had been reported missing and no further news had yet been received concerning their fate. Percy Stell and Stanley Archibald, who went through the Gallipoli campaign, were also reported missing. Tom Summersgill, a boy who used to attend the Junior Endeavour Society and the Band of Hope, was killed in July, and now the awful shadow of death again rests upon them, and again they were realising how terrible were the sacrifices the war. The glamour of war was now gone. The fateful week that brought the news of the death of Captain Horsfall would long be remembered for its records of the loss our country sustained of men of special prominence, highly gifted, and with the promise of useful and glorious careers. Raymond Asquith, Captain Henderson and the son of the Rt. Hon. Pike Pease were killed during that week, and the tragedy of those losses was emphasised when news came of the death of Captain Cedric Horsfall. He was indeed worthy to take his place with the best of those who had fallen, by virtue of his noble character and attainments, and by the rich promise of his life. There was in his character much which marked him out for future service in the neighbourhood, in the county and in the country. His education was crowned by his winning highest honours at Cambridge University. He was a true gentleman, the very perfection of kindly consideration for others. They also mourned the death of two others, Lance-Corporal Lewis Binns and Private Albert Binns, both of Glusburn. The first was killed in action on the 11th September. Albert Binns had died during the week as a result of wounds received in action. These men had fallen in defence of their country and its noble ideals, in defence of the cause of freedom and justice, honour and truth. The quarrel thrust upon them was not of their seeking. Their friend, Captain Horsfall, volunteered his services in the very early days of the war. There were many reasons why he might have declined the call home for business considerations; but a noble spirit of chivalry determined him to make the greater choice, and the appeal that came to him in the hour of his country's need met with a noble one. They must see to it that these great sacrifices were not made in vain.

On the Hayfield family vault in the Sutton Baptist burial ground was a beautiful laurel wreath, and also a splendid array of arum lilies.


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    One Response to Stanley ARCHIBALD

    1. Rosemary Kaye July 1, 2022 at 9:58 am #

      My grandmas brother, only ever seen a photograph of him, sad I don’t know more he died so young.
      God Bless him.

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