Archibald Henry Candy

Date of birth:                     Second quarter 1892
Place of birth:                   Southampton
Service No.:                       204728
Rank:                                    Private
Regiment / Division:     Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                            15th (Hampshire Yeomanry)
Died:                                     4th September 1918 aged 26 years
Death Location:               France & Flanders

Before the War
Archibald was born 1892 to Edward (1841 – 1826) and Emma Candy (nee Mason 1849 – 1929).  They were married in Southampton on 8th September 1869.

On 1901 census they are living at 34 St Mary’s Street Southampton.  Edward is a boot and shoe dealer and has his own account which means that he was neither employing others or working for a trade employer.

Archibald’s 7 siblings were:
Frederick Mason (1870 – 1940)
Elizabeth (1873 – 1897)
Alice Emma (1874 – 1936)
Ernest Edward (1878 – 1901)
Albert E (1880 – 1930)
Ellen Gertrude (1883 – 1972)
Stanley Harold (1892 – 1968)

On 1911 census there is an Archibald Henry Candy, aged 18 and born in Southampton, living as a boarder in Salisbury.  He is working as an outfitters assistant.   His parents are living with Albert and Stanley, at Albert’s address which is 18 Park Road, Southampton.

Military History
Before serving in the Hampshire Regiment Archibald was a private in the Hampshire Yeomanry.  His service number was 1756.

The 15th service Battalion was formed in April 1915 and after final training in Aldershot they were sent to France in May 1916.  On 27th September 1917 they were amalgamated with 1/1st Hampshire Yeomanry.  They were then known as 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion.  In November 1917 they were ordered to Italy and remained there until February 1918 when they returned to France.  From here they moved to Flanders for the Battle of Lys and were involved in the final advance in Flanders.

Archibald was killed in action on 4th September 1918.  He was awarded the Victory medal and the British war medal.

He is buried in Voormezeele Cemetery, leper West Vlaanderen Enclosure no. 3.  Grave ref XV.H.21.

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