Sapper Archibald George Harper

Thanks to Simon Jervis for this research.

Archibald Harper enlisted at Guildford on the 2nd March 1908 and qualified as a skilled iron moulder with the Royal Engineers workshop at Chatham. He transferred to the Army Reserve on the completion of his period of army service on the 1st March 1911 after three years with the colours. Archibald Harper was mobilized on 5th August 1914. He landed in France on August 1914 and joined the 5th Field Coy, R.E. on the 21st September 1914. He met his death on the 21st October 1914. He was buried on the farm of Mr Van Hone Isidor Landbouver in Langemarck about one mile from St Julien near Ypres. His mother, Mrs Emma Harper was sent a letter from the Royal Engineers depot at Brompton Barracks, Chatham informing her of the burial and giving the map reference; Map 20. U.22.D. Subsequent fighting in the Ypres Salient destroyed the grave marker and the grave could not be located after the war and therefore Archibald George Harper is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. A note in his service papers shows that his personal effects consisting of one civilian pattern cotton vest were returned to his mother on 1st June 1915.

Born                            Dorking

Son of                          Arthur and Emma Harper of 31 Hampstead Road, Dorking

Enlisted                       Guildford, Surrey

Regiment                     5th Field Company, Royal Engineers
Number                       17314

Date of Death              21st October 1914
Place of Death             Flanders
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              28

Memorial                     Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial