Archibald Frank Bartlett

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: North Baddesley
Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 28423
Died: 16th July 1918, aged 26 years
Buried: Terlincthun British Cemetery, France (Plot I, Row F, Grave 7)

 

Archibald was the oldest of 7 known siblings born to Frank and Emma GEORGINA Bartlett (nee Till), who married in Shirley in 1890.

The couple are known to have had 9 children, so it must be assumed that 2 died in infancy.

 

The family lived at 11 Laundry Road, Shirley in 1901 and at 29 York Road, Shirley in 1911.

 

Frank was born in Hadley, Middlesex in 1870 and he died in Southampton in 1927.

Georgina was born in Shirley on 1 September 1870 and she passed away in Portsmouth in 1945.

 

Siblings

Archibald Frank

Ethel May   b.1894 Rownhams   d. 1961 New Forest   A spinster.

Edward REGINALD   b. 11 August 1895 Rownhams   d. 1949 Southampton

Lena Maud   b. 12 November 1896 Rownhams   d. 1958 Southampton   Married Archibald Ware in Southampton in 1928….lived at 29 York Road.

Doris Kathleen   b. 1899 Shirley   d. 1936 Devonport   A spinster.

Sidney LEONARD   b. 28 March 1905 Shirley   d. 1971 Alton   Married Elsie A. Payne in Southampton in 1933.

Ernest Leslie   b. 1908 Shirley   d. 1932 Southampton

 

 

The 2nd Dublin Fusiliers were in Gravesend, as part of the 10th Brigade in the 4th Division, when war broke out.

They landed at Boulogne on 22 August 1914, arriving in time to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau.

 

During the rest of 1914, the battalion saw action at the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne and the Battle of Messines.

 

In 1915 they fought in the Second Battle of Ypres and in 1916 moved south to the Somme, taking part in the battles which began on 1 July.

At the end of the Battle of the Somme, the battalion transferred to the 48th Brigade in the 16th (Irish) Division.

 

1917 saw the battalion fighting at the Battle of Messines and the Battle of Langemark, during the Third Battle of Ypres.

 

In 1918 the battalion suffered very heavy casualties on the Somme and were amalgamated with the 1st Battalion on 14 April.

 

It appears that Archibald was killed during everyday trench warfare, because there were no large actions in the July of 1918.

 

The cemetery was begun in June 1918 when space at Boulogne and Wimereaux was full. It was used chiefly for burials from base hospitals and now contains 4,378 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016
Updated:

 

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