Archibald STALKER

Regiment:               Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1/5 Btn  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 7701 & 240629  

Born:                      
19 April 1896; Gateside, West Kilbride  

Died:
                        1973; Greenock  

Other:                     
Brother of Daniel Stalker & William Wilson
                                Brother-in-law of Samuel Cotton & Henry
                                Gorman

ARCHIBALD 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.  

On 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)    


SERVICE RECORD
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 New paragraph





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