of Daniel Stalker & William Wilson Brother-in-law of Samuel Cotton & Henry Gorman
STALKER was born was born 19 Apr 1896 at Gateside, West
Kilbride,to parents Gilbert,
railway surfaceman) and Hannah Wilson (who were
married in West Kilbride on 21 Feb 1882).
He died in Greenock in 1973, aged 77.
28 Oct 1925 at 19 Howard Street, Glasgow, Archibald Stalker (aged 24, railway platelayer, of Railway Buildings, Fairlie) married by declaration Fanny H. Court (witness
was John Hendry McLean, who is also named on Fairlie Roll of Honour)
In the 1901 Census, Archibald, aged 4, is living 1 Railways Buildings
with parents Gilbert (41, b. West Kilbride,
railway surfaceman) and Hannah (43, b. West Kilbride) and siblings Hannah (18), Jessie (16), Daniel (15, Grocers Message Boy), Margt (13),
Agnes C (11), Quintin (9) and Christina (7)
In the 1911 Census, aged 14 and a telegraph messenger, he is living
Railway Buildings, Fairlie with parents Gilbert (54,
foreman platelayer, railway) and Hannah (56, m 29 years, 9 children), and siblings
Agnes (21) and Quintin (19)
Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted
men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour
printed Dec 1914 (Stalker, Pt. Arch., Railway
Buildings, Fairlie, R.S.F.). His Silver War Badge record shows he enlisted
on 14 Sep 1914; his medal index card shows first theatre of war entered was
Balkans on 06 Jun 1915. The Largs &
Millport Weekly News reported on 17 Oct 1915 that he’d sustained a severe wound
in the leg at the Dardanelles, and on 19 Oct 1918 that he’d been hospitalised
in France with a gunshot wound to his back.
He was discharged on 14 Feb 1919 (no longer fit, Silver War Badge
list). His medal index card shows he
received 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.
Extracts from the Largs
& Millport Weekly News:-
17 July 1915 A letter from
Private Archie Stalker, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Fairlie, states he is lying at
Malta wounded in the leg by shrapnel