Archibald Nelson Huskisson, known as Archie, was born in 1896 in Aston, Birmingham, the son of Frederick Alexander Huskisson and Ada, nee Key.The couple had three children Gladys Ada, Frederick alexander and Archie.By 1911 the family had moved and were living at 28 Beech Grove, Undercliffe.Archie left the United Kingdom on the ship Balmoral Castle departing from Southampton on the 30th May 1914. He arrived in Algar Bay,
South Africa, having travelled third class. He was only 17 years of age. A Huskisson family of seven had travelled in 1910 and it is possible that they were relatives and that Archie was going out to join them.Archie enlisted in the 1st Regiment of the South African Infantry as Private 1525. This Regiment was raised from the West Cape and most of the recruits already had military training and were in general middle class, well educated and well bred men. The Regiment embarked between
the 28th of August and 17th of October 1915 and were in England by November. On the 30th of December 1915 they embarked for Eygpt and then returned to France arriving in Flanders by the 23rd of April 1916 in preparation for the Somme offensive. Their first major engagement was on the 2nd of July and then the 1st Regiment spent most of the summer of 1916 in the Arras and Vimy areas. The South African Brigade moved
back to the front line at High Wood on the 9th of October. Three days later an attack was made near Butte de Warlencourt. There was severe fighting that was continued with a renewed attack in the same area on the 18th of October, 1916 the day on which Archie died. He was 20 years of age.Archie is buried in the Warlencourt British Cemetery which was made late in 1919 when graves were brought in from small cemeteries and the battlefield of Warlencourt and Le Sars.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks