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Archie Albert Wilfred HAYLETT - 1897-1967

        Archie HAYLETT was born 6 March 1897, 1st child of Delphfenia PALMER and Albert HAYLETT.

        On the 1911 England Census, Archie is aged 14 and living with his widowed father and brothers
        at 5 York Terrace, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire:

. Albert William HAYLETT Head 46 Widower General Labourer/Army Pensioner Norfolk, Norwich
. Archie Albert Wilfred HAYLETT Son 14 U Draper's Errand Boy Cambridgeshire, Ely
. Stanley Eric Cyril HAYLETT Son 13 U School Cambridgeshire, Ely
. Albert William Arundell HAYLETT Son 10 U School Cambridgeshire, Wisbech
. Delphfeina Irene Vera HAYLETT Daughter 4 U . Cambridgeshire, Wisbech St. Mary's
. Julia LENNON/LEMON Single 39 Single Housekeeper Domestic Cambridgeshire, Wisbech
With the help of the Great War Forum and a medal collector from New Zealand, I have been able to piece together Archie's military career. Archie enlisted in the King's Royal Rifle regiment on 16 July 1914, aged 17 1/2 years during the July Crisis following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo and about a fortnight before Britain declared war on 4 August 1914. According to his Medal Index card, Archie landed in France on 1 October 1915 as part of 12th Battalion, KRRC. He was only in France for 6 months when he was reported missing, later POW, on 20 March 1916 after a raiding party of Germans rushed a Battalion bombing post, taking prisoners - one of whom was Archie. He was repatriated back to the U.K. at the end of November 1918. In 1919, Archie transferred to the Military Foot Police, and was subsequently posted to the Black Sea from June 1920 to October 1923; Shanghai January 1930-March 1933 and Egypt 1933-December 1934. Archie retired from the Military Police in March 1936. In 1938 he married his 1st cousin, Emma Maud PALMER, also of Wisbech, at St. Augustine's Church on the Lynn Road. Archie was 41, Emma was 49.
************************************** Archie as a young boy with his brothers & Uncle Angelo. Is this young man also Archie? as the picture was taken in India in 1923. ***********************
On Friday 20th October 1967 the Wisbech Standard carried this report: Mr A. Haylett The sudden death occured on Tuesday of Mr Archie Albert Wilfred Haylett of 18 Bedford Street, Wisbech. He was 70. Born in Ely, Mr Haylett was, in his younger days, a keen swimmer and had always continued his interest. He served in the army for a total of 22 years, during and after World War One. He leaves a widow, Mrs E M Haylett. On Friday 27th October 1967 the Wisbech Standard carried the following 2 notices. HAYLETT - On Tuesday October 17th 1967 Archie Albert, the beloved husband of Maud Haylett, aged 70 years. Funeral Service and Cremation at Peterborough on Monday October 23rd at 11.30 am. Family flowers only to Cowlings Funeral Services, Horsefair, Wisbech. The same paper also carried the following under Obituaries Mr A. Haylett The funeral took place on Monday at Peterborough Crematorium of Mr Archie Albert William Haylett of 18 Bedford Street, Wisbech whose death was reported in our last issue. The service was conducted at Peterborough by the Rev T. Christie of St Augustine's Church, Wisbech. Immediate mourners were Mr & Mrs F Elam, brother-in-law and sister, Mrs Matthews, Mr U E D Palmer, cousins, Mr & Mrs R Palmer, nephew and niece, Mr W J Davis, friend.
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