Archibald Charles Davie

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Wiltshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant, 25426
Died: 19th September 1918, aged 25 years
Buried: Vielle-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, France (Plot VIII, Row C, Grave 7)

 

Archibald was the fifth of 8 siblings born to William George and Eliza Jane Davie (nee Gritten), who married in Southampton in 1884.

Both parents were born in Southampton, Eliza in 1861 and William in 1863. Eliza passed away in the city in 1941 and William died in Salisbury in 1956.

 

The family lived in Shirley, firstly in Stafford Road and subsequently in Landguard Road.

 

Siblings

Frederick William   b. 1886 Shirley   d. ??

Lucy Eliza   b. 1887 Shirley   d. 1935 Southampton Married Harold M. Southon in Southampton in 1915.

Gertrude May   b. 1889 Shirley   d. 1963 Salisbury   Married Harold M. Southon in 1937 !!

Wilfred George   b. 1891 Shirley   d. 1968 Barnstaple

Archibald Charles

Frank Norman   b. 1896 Shirley   d. 1927 Southampton

Harry John   b. 1898 Shirley   d. 1979 Falmouth   Married Ida B. Eagle in Southampton in 1925.

Dora Marion   b. 1900 Shirley   d. 1972 Southampton   Married Alec F. Alexander in Southampton in 1924.

 

Wiltshire 1st Battalion was formed at Tidworth in August 1914, and they joined the 7th Brigade in the 3rd Division.

The Division landed at Rouen on 14 August 1914 and were transferred with the Brigade to the 25th Division on 18 October 1915.

 

On 21 June 1918, the battalion was transferred to the 110th Brigade in the 21st Division.

 

According to war diaries available for the battalion, they were based a few miles south-west of Cambrai in the September of 1918. There is no annotation as to the fate of Archibald, although the death of most officers is mentioned.

 

The new cemetery was begun in November 1915 and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances until March 1918.

It fell into German hands following the Battle of the Lys, but was back in Allied hands in the September, when further burials took place.

 

After the Armistice, many graves were brought in from surrounding smaller cemeteries and battlefields.

The cemetery now holds 1,000 Commonwealth burials from WW1.

 

Archibald’s headstone reads: “ Dry your eyes and cease your weeping, I am the dear Lord’s keeping.”

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th June 2016
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