Archibald was born in 1885 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  He was the younger of two children born to James John Thurlow Reed (1856-1933) and Mary Ann Reed (née Warren) (1857-1930). By 1911 Archibald was still living at home at 25 Beche Road, Cambridge but he was working as a builder’s clerk for Charles Kerridge.  Initially Archibald did not enlist as his employer applied for an exemption for him in the summer of 1917 despite receiving a calling-up notice.  However, eventually Archibald must have received another calling-up notice and he enlisted as Private 19336, Army Pay Corps.  Archibald died at the Military Hospital, Hounslow, Middlesex of pneumonia on 22 November 1918, aged 33.  His last known address was 9 Gordon Road, Hounslow.

ENOUGH C3 MEN AT PRESENT.

Archibald Harold Reed (31), single, 32, Beche-road, confidential clerk, cashier and bookkeeper, classed C3, was applied for by his employer, Mr. Charles Kerridge, junior, Sturton-street, builder and contractor.

Mr. Miller: I agree to temporary exemption until called up.

Mr. Reed: I have got a calling-up notice.

Mr. Miller replied that if Mr. Reed went to the Recruiting Office the notice would be cancelled.  Mr. Reed was the kind of man the Army was wanting, but at present they had enough clerks, and were cancelling some of the notices issued.  If he got another calling-up notice he could apply again.

Exemption was given until called up.

Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 24 July 1917

REED – Archibald Harold, the dearly beloved son of James and Mary Ann Reed, aged 33 years, at the Military Hospital, Hounslow, November 22nd.  Deeply mourned. – Mr. and Mrs. Reed thank all kind friends for their sympathy in their great loss. – 32, Beche-road, Cambridge.

Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 29 November 1918

Reed grave
Reed headstone

 

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.203285 0.13683055  – click here for location

Parish : St Edward

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project

Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916–2007
UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 24 July 1917
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 29 November 1918

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

 

Archibald Harold Reed