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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Archibald, Robert Richmond


Colour Sergeant Robert Richmond Archibald
was born in Eglinton, Londonderry on 23rd July 1890.  He was the son of Lowry B and Margaret L Archibald.  In 1901 the family lived in house 20, Donnybrewer, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry. 
Archibald joined Northern Bank on 14th July 1909.  He was of Presbyterian faith.  Transfers followed to Limavady (1909), Coleraine (1911) and Irvinestown (1912).  By 1911 the family property was known as house 15, Donnybrewer, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry.  Archibald is described as a Bank Clerk. 
Whilst in Irvinestown branch, Archibald enlisted on 14th October 1914 as a Private into the 11th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers aged 24.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force and progressed through the ranks (Lance Corporal, October 1914; Sergeant and Acting Quarter Master Sergeant, October 1915; Colour Sergeant, 1917).  Archibald saw action at Somme 1916 (Thiepval), Messines 1917; Ypres 1917 (Langemarck); Cambrai 1917; St Quentin 1918 and the Allied Advance 1918.  He was demobilised in April 1919 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, he rejoined the Northern Bank on 13th May 1919 when he was posted to Ball’s branch.  In 1939, he was transferred to Head Office, Stock and Coupon Department. 

Archibald died on 27th January 1949 aged 58.

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