• Robert Archer

Army / Flying Corps
  • 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2nd Brigade
  • Private

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Golden Point, VIC, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • ARCHER, Robert
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 9 January 2018

    Born in July 1897 Golden Point, Chewton, Vic – son of John Thomas ARCHER and Rosa WATKINS, who married in 1877 John died on the 7/6/1919 at the family home at Golden Point, Chewton Rosa died on the 8/6/1938 at her daughter Bertha’s residence in Maldon, aged 78 Siblings (all born Chewton): William John b.1878; Phillis Rosa Amon b.1880 – marr WALSH, marr TAYLOR – d.1962; Alice Elizabeth b.1882 – marr N. ROBB; Rosa May b.1884 – marr G. PENNEY – d.1965; Charles Phillip b.1886 – marr Christina Anna – WW1: LCpl 2275 (MM), 37th Bn – d.1956; Sarah Ellen (Nellie) b.1889 – marr Tom HANRAHAN (WW1: Spr 3108, 2nd Pioneers) – d.1973; Bertha Fanny b.1893 – marr Stan STRONG Religion: Church of England Served 4 years in the Cadets Occupation: Telegraph Messenger with the Castlemaine Post Office WW1: Enlisted in Melbourne (with his parent’s consent) on the 29/7/1915, aged 18 years Embarked for Egypt 29/12/1915 on the A64 Demosthenes as Pte 4134 with the 13th Reinforcements of the 5th Battalion Embarked at Alexandria 25/3/1916 to join the BEF, and disembarked Marseilles 30/3/1916 According to his service record, he was wounded in action on the 5/10/1917 in Belgium – however, taking into account family stories, it seems more likely that he was wounded during the attack on the 4th, but retrieved from No Man’s Land on the 5th, at which time he was sent through the hospital system and admitted to the 5th General Hospital at Rouen on the 6th. Embarked on the Western Australia 24/10/1917 for England, and admitted to the 2nd London General Hospital at Chelsea the following day Transferred to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers on the 2/2/1918 – where he was trained in Carpentry, shoe repair and poultry farming Returned to Australia on the SS Wandilla 31/3/1919 Married Blanche Elizabeth GRAY on the 3rd February 1923 at St Mary’s Church of England, Caulfield Blanche (b.1897 England) and her sister Lilian, were daughters of Charles Phillips GRAY and Elizabeth BRINDLE. They had joined the British Red Cross in April 1918 and served as VAD’s at St Dunstan’s Hostel, helping out with Entertainments and Collecting – both were still at St D’s in June1919. Lilian married Allan Foster McCONNELL in November 1919, and they embarked for Australia on the 9/1/1920. Blanche followed later that year, embarking on the Ormonde on the 18/12/1920. Before leaving the UK she had been employed as a Draper’s Assistant, and in 1922 was listed as a Draper, residing with her sister and brother-in-law at 304 Glen Eira Rd, Caulfield West. Children: Keith (Dr) and Joan Blanche died in 1977 at St Kilda, aged 79 – she was cremated at Springvale Crematorium on the 6/6/1977 and her ashes scattered Robert died in 1983, aged 85 – he was cremated at Springvale Crematorium on the 8/4/1983, and his ashes were also scattered Castlemaine Mail (Vic), Thur 29 Nov 1917 (p.3): CASTLEMAINE DISTRICT SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN ACTION – PRIVATE ROBERT ARCHER Mr J.T. Archer, of Golden Point, Chewton, has been officially notified that his son, Private Robert Archer, was admitted to the Second London General Hospital on October 25th, suffering from severe gunshot wounds in the thigh and eyes, and a fracture of the left arm. Private Archer recently wrote to his parents telling them that he had experienced several very narrow escapes from death during September. He has been on active service in Egypt and France for nearly two years, and when he enlisted he was employed as a telegraph messenger in the Castlemaine Post Office. Although his injuries are classed as severe, everyone will hope to hear of his speedy recovery. His brother, Lance-Corporal C.P. Archer, is a stretcher-bearer in France, and his brother-in-law, Sapper T. Hanrahan, is with the Second Pioneer Battalion. Castlemaine Mail (Vic), Fri 7 Dec 1917 (p.2): CASTLEMAINE DISTRICT SOLDIERS BLIND – PRIVATE ROBERT ARCHER Miss Bertha Archer, of Chewton, has received word through the Red Cross Information Bureau that her brother, Private Robert Archer, 5th Battalion, is blind, and is now in the 2nd London General Hospital. The gunshot wounds in his left arm and left thigh have healed, and he is now doing well. The Bendigo Independent (Vic), Fri 10 May 1918 (p.6): CASTLEMAINE SOLDIERS Lance-Corporal Archer, M.M., of the 37th Battalion, A.I.F., has been severely injured in the right ankle. His brother, Private Robert Archer, who was previously reported as being severely wounded, has now recovered from his wounds, but unhappily his sight has been entirely lost. He is undergoing tuition in the St Dunstan’s Hospital (London) of the new methods for the blind. He hopes to be home before the end of the year. Their brother-in-law, Private T. Hanrahan, is slowly recovering from trench fever. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 3 Mar 1923 (p.13): MARRIAGES ARCHER- GRAY – On the 3rd February, at St Mary’s Church of England, Caulfield, by the Rev J. Townsend, Robert, youngest son of Mrs and the late John Thomas Archer, of Golden Point, Chewton, to Blanche Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr and Mrs C.P. Gray, of Wood Green, London. Present address: Minnie street, Sandringham. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Tue 24 May 1927 (p.1): BIRTHS ARCHER – On the 20th May, at St Andrew’s private hospital, Middle Brighton, to Mr and Mrs R. Archer, Minnie street, Sandringham – a daughter. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 10 May 1937 (p.4): FIFTH BATTALION PILGRIMAGE Ceremony at Shrine Veterans of the 5th Battalion, A.I.F., accompanied by an escort from the Victorian Scottish Regiment, made their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Remembrance yesterday afternoon. After an impressive service conducted on the steps of the Shrine, the returned men and the Scottish Regiment passed through the inner sanctuary, and Mr Robert Archer, a blinded soldier, placed a wreath on the Rock of Remembrance. About 120 veterans took part in the parade. Padre W.E. Dexter conducted the service, and Pipe-Major McLennan, of the Scottish Regiment, played the lament “The Flowers of the Forest.” The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 6 Mar 1948 (p.8): Approaching marriages PRIME – ARCHER – Margery Jean, only daughter of Mr and Mrs L. Prime, 372 Myers street, Geelong, with Doctor Keith Archer, only son of Mr and Mrs R. Archer, 6 Minnie street, Sandringham, at St Mary’s Church of England, Caulfield, on Friday, March 12, at 5 p.m., and afterwards at The Gables, 15 Finch street, East Malvern. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 7 Nov 1949 (p.5): Engagements ARCHER – MATTHEWS – Joan Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr and Mrs R. Archer, Minnie-street, Sandringham, to James S., second son of Mr and Mrs R.G. Matthews, Pine-avenue, Mildura.