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Name Archibald William Goodchild
Date/Place of Birth 12 Feb 1893 / 60 Brunswick Road, Tottenham, Middx
Parents' Names George Goodchild; Amelia Elizabeth (nee Fletcher)
Father's Occupation/Location Commercial Traveller; City of London
Father's Death/Incapacity Typhoid Fever
Admitted to AO 2 Sept 1898 (Aged 5)
Admission No 5308
Left OWS&AO 17 Dec 1907 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Warehouseman; 12 Giles St, Bradford, Yorkshire
Enlistment Location Bradford
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private; 18217, 67053
Battalion/Regiment West Riding Regiment; 10th Bn Sherwood Foresters
Killed/Death 3 Jan 1917 (Aged 23)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Thiepval Memorial
Memorial Reference Pier and Face 10C, 10D and 11A
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Archibald William was born to George and Amelia Goodchild on 12 February 1893 at Tottenham, in Middlesex. His father died in 1896 and Archibald was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage in September 1898, aged 5. One of his three brothers, aged 3 or 4, joined him a year later. Archibald left the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage in December 1907, when he was fourteen. The 1911 Census shows Archibald to be living at Bradford, Yorkshire and working as a Warehouseman. He enlisted in Bradford, Yorkshire, initially with the West riding Regiment, and then with 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Private Goodchild was killed in action on 3 January 1917. His body was not recovered from the battlefield and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, between Albert and Bapaume, in France, together with 72,000 other Commonwealth servicemen who lost their lives in battle and who have no known grave.
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