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Archibald Terry was born in Bolton in around 1881. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Terry (nee Johnson) and they had six children. The family lived at 14, Lord Street, Hulme, Manchester. Archibald and Elizabeth had married on 21st June 1902 at St Michaels church in Hulme.

On 2nd September 1914, Archibald joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was posted into the 8th (Service) Battalion and given the service number 3711. He had previously served for six years with the 6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, time expired, and was still under his ‘special reserve’ service commitment.

At his re-enlistment medical he was described as being over 5ft 11in tall, weighing 150lbs with a 38in chest. He had brown eyes and black hair. Archibald was 32 years 9 months old and had been working as a labourer.

On 19th September 1914 he was appointed Lance Corporal, then promoted to Corporal the following month.

On 23rd May 1915 he was appointed Lance Serjeant.

Archibald sailed for France to join the 8th (Service) Battalion on 25th September 1915. The majority of the Battalion had sailed on the 6th September. He was part of ‘C’ Company and was promoted to Serjeant upon his arrival.

Archibald was slightly wounded during the recapture of Broadmarsh Crater on the night of 21/22nd May 1916.

On 14th July 1916, Archibald was killed in action.

At 23:00hrs, men of the Battalion were supporting the 10th Cheshire Regiment, as a carrying party, in their attack of a line of trenches south of Ovillers. The attacking force succeeded in reaching the trenches, but quickly withdrew again as they were being subjected to sweeping machine-gun fire from above that was causing many casualties.


Upon learning of her husbands death, Mary submitted a poem to the local newspaper;

Sweet be your rest, my husband dear,
‘Tis sweet to breathe your name,
In life I loved you very dear,
In death I do the same.
There is a link death cannot sever,
Love an remembrance last for ever.

Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and six children.


For his War service, the widow of Archibald Terry received his 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 3711
Date of Death: 14/07/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 8th Bn.

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