Archer, Frederick (Fred)

Age: 18
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 1912, Fred was away at School in Surrey and his sister sent him a postcard about the approaching holidays.

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.

Military Service

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

Local War Items, Warwick Advertiser 2nd November 1918

Warwick Advertiser 9th November 1918


  • 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
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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