Died: 29 July 1917
Service number: 80912
Regiment / Service: Royal Field Artillery
Family information: Son of John and Mary Archdale of Poplar
Villas, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract.
“Amongst the brave youth of Pontefract who have recently made the great
sacrifice is Gunner Horace Archdale RFA, eldest son of Mr and Mrs John
Archdale of Poplar Villas, Park Avenue, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract; and he
passed over to the great majority nobly doing his duty in France on August 29th
in his 22nd year only. The deceased will be remembered by many
persons through his connection with the “Maypole” at whose premises he was
engaged from boyhood, and had made great advancement. Also by many friends and
acquaintances he was highly esteemed.
A particular friend of his was another
Pontefract young man named Slater. They enlisted together two years and four
months ago, and the deceased had been in France a year and four months when his
career was suddenly cut short, and already he had been granted leave, and in
the ordinary course would have been home for his birthday. As lately as August 26th the dear lad wrote home cheerfully, as he was going into
action, saying how much he was anticipating the change in prospect.
the great change - which makes of little account all mortal expectations and
contrivings. The parents - whose son Edgar (20), late of Ackton Hall Colliery,
joined the RAMC when he was 17 - have the sympathy of many friends in their
Extract taken from the Pontefract and Castleford Express of 31 August 1917.
He is buried at Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery.
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