Private Archibald Victor Capon
Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
Archibald Victor Capon was born on the 4th of January 1899 in Stansted, Kent to butcher and labourer Harry Capon and Susan Capon nee Wood. He was baptised on the 5th of February 1899 at St Mary the Virgin’s church in Stansted, Kent. At the time of his baptism Harry was working as an assistant overseer.
At the time of the 1901 Census, Susan and her children Archibald and Nellie lived with Susan’s step-father, carpenter, Arthur and her mother Emily Jane Atkins at Court Lodge Cottage, Stansted, Kent. The household further comprised of Susan’s siblings: farm carter Thomas; Ethel and bricklayer Percy Wood and the Atkins’ adopted son Augustus Richardson.
Archibald Victor Capon was admitted on the 5th of March 1902 into the St Martin’s Church of England School for Infants. At the time of his admission the family lived at 4 Norfolk Road in Dorking.
On the 7th of April 1905 Archibald Victor received a Certificate from the Surrey Education Committee for perfect regularity of attendance during the school term ending December 1904. The Committee also supplied Picture Post Cards which were given to each child who not been absent or late during the week.
Archibald Victor Capon was transferred on the 23rd of April 1906 into the St Martin’s Church of England School for Boys. At the time of his admission the family lived in Howard Road in Dorking. He left the school on the 20th of December 1912 to become a shop assistant.
At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 32 Ansell Road in Dorking. Harry was working in a Timber Yard and Susan was at home. The household further comprised of their children: dressmaker Eva; grocer’s assistant Willie; errand boy Frank; Archibald; Nellie; Hilda; Ernest; Fredrick and Mildred. Susan stated that she had given birth to 13 children of whom 12 were still alive. The accommodation had five rooms.
Archibald enlisted in Guildford, Surrey into the 1st Battalion the Royal West Surrey Regiment. At the time of his enlistment he resided in Eltham, Kent, but his home was at 32 Ansell Road in Dorking, Surrey. He was a Private with regimental number L/11032.
“Mrs. Capon, 32 Ansell Road, Dorking has received official information of the death of her son, Pte. Arch. Capon. The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regt. who has been missing since July last. Before joining the Army Pte. Capon was in the employ of Mr. Harman, grocer, Betchworth.”
Archibald was killed in action on or since 15th of July 1916 in France. His body was never found. He was only seventeen years old.
According to the 2nd of September 1916 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, Archibald had been in the Army for about 18 months and had been in France since May 1916.
He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.
Archibald is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme, France on Pier and Face 5D and 6D.
His parents later lived at 3 Boughton Road, Well Hall, Eltham, Kent.
Archibald’s father Harry Capon received 10s and 8d on the 29th of September 1917 and a further £6 on the 23rd of October 1917 in Soldier’s Effects.
Capon Family History
Archibald’s father Harry was born about 1867 in Stansted, Kent to grocer and carpenter Alfred Capon, born about 1844 in Addington, Kent, and Anne Capon, born about 1841 in Ash, Kent. Harry was baptised on the 19th of May 1867 at St Mary the Virgin’s church in Stansted. At the time of the baptism Alfred was working as a grocer. At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at Kingsdown Road, Stansted. Alfred was working as a grocer and carpenter and Anne was at home. The household further comprised of their children and a lodger. At this time Harry Capon was working as a butcher.
Archibald’s mother Susan Wood was born about 1868 in Bromley, Kent to labourer George Wood, born about 1843 in Bromley, Kent, and Emily Jane Patrick, born about 1847 in Burton-Latimer, Northamptonshire. Susan’s father died in the 2nd quarter of 1882 in Bromley, Kent. Susan’s mother Emily Jane Wood re-married innkeeper Arthur Atkins.
Harry Capon and Susan Wood married, by Banns, on the 25th of December 1886 at St Mary the Virgin’s church in Stansted, Kent. At the time of their marriage the couple lived in Stansted and Harry was working as a carpenter.
Archibald Victor Capon had twelve siblings of whom nine are known: Eva Annie born about 1889; Harry born about 1890; Willie Alfred born about 1894; Frank born about 1896; Nellie Ethel born 1901 all in Stansted, Kent; Hilda Louisa born about 1903; Ernest John born about 1905; Fredrick Bernard born about 1907 and Mildred Lilian Blanche born about 1911, all in Dorking, Surrey.
At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at The Village, Trottiscliffe, Stansted, Kent. Harry was working as a general labourer and Susan was at home looking after their children: Eva Annie and Harry.
Born Stanstead, Kent
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Harry Capon and Susan Capon nee Wood of Stansted, Kent
Regiment 1st Battalion. Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 15th July 1916
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Memorial Thiepval Memorial, France