Archie was born in Mevagissey, Cornwall on Christmas Day, 1896. His father Fred was a Shipwright and married Selina Khymbrell in 1888. Archie had 4 brothers & 2 sisters both older and younger than him and just before the turn of the century the family moved to Devonport so that his father could take up work in the Naval Dockyard. It is probable that Archie also followed his father into work at the Dockyard as his Service Records indicate he would have been sent back to the UK to be re-engaged in work there in 1917, but this did not subsequently happen. If a soldier had a skill which was required for the "war effort", it was not unusual for them to be returned to that job, but often on a soldier's pay.
Archie was a pre-war member of 2nd Wessex Field Ambulance, TF and went to France with 25th Field Ambulance in November 1914. He served in the Nursing Section and although he was awarded his first Good Conduct Badge, he also fell foul of the disciplinary system several times for absences and other misdemeanours. Let us not forget that he was 19 when he went to war!
On 6th November 1917, he was admitted sick to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station. From there he was evacuated by Hospital Train to a Stationary Hospital, and then to the UK on the 13th November.
prolonged life by a few months.