Date of birth: July 1900
Parents: Joseph and Sabina Archer
Address: 7 Victoria Street
Occupation: Master's Clerk at Warwick Workhouse
The 1901 Census shows Joseph and Sabina Archer living with their 5 year old daughter Jeanette and their twin, 8-month old sons, Frederick and John Douglas at Hampton Road. There was also a servant and Joseph is listed as a farmer aged 55.
In 1910, the young Fred was keeping a scrapbook of postcards
At the time of the 1911 Census, there was a 77-year old Joseph Archer, widower, living at 7 Victoria Street, Warwick with a 45 year old daughter, Eleanor Elizabeth, twin sons Frederick and John Douglas (aged 10) and a 6 year old son, Edwin Arnold.
Twins Frederick and John with younger brother, Edwin
In this census, Joseph Archer is recorded as a caretaker of Public Grounds for Warwick Town Council. Eleanor was Joseph’s daughter from a previous marriage, who came to look after her half-brothers after their mother’s death.
In September 1915, Fred was given a temporary appointment as Clerk to the Master of the Warwick Union.
*From 1834 parishes were grouped into “unions”, jointly responsible for the administration of Poor Relief in their areas and each governed by a board of guardians.
Rank & Number: Private, 80340
Regiment/Service: 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment
Date of death: Thursday, October 31, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Died of pneumonia in hospital in Ireland
Commemorated/Buried: Warwick Cemetery - CWGC section - 57 C 2
Awards: Did not serve overseas - no medal entitlement
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church
- Norma Hampson – who has researched the Archer family for some years
- Postcards and Workhouse letter courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group