Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Lockhart, Archibald Frederick James

Rank
Sapper, 12 Field Company, Royal Engineers
Service Number
4922
Born
Almost certainly in the first quarter of 1877, in Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Parents
Frederick Lockhart, grocer and Emily Davis (Lockhart)
Date of death
2 March 1916 (Stated age 43 – but now thought actually have been only 39)
Grave
VI. D. 23, Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais. France
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.

Other Information

Husband of Mrs. E. Lockhart, of Caroline Court, 1058, Nelson St., Vancouver, British Columbia

While he was a boy his family moved to Alston, Warwickshire and then to 21 Rope Walk, Ipswich, where by 1891 he was an Errand Boy.

Although his service record has not survived, it appears he enlisted at Ipswich into the regular army as a Sapper, Royal Engineers, probably about 1895

They trained him as a carpenter

He does not seem to appear in the 1901 census and may have been overseas.

He was posted to Carlingnose Barracks sometime prior to 1909, when he married Helen (or Ellen, sometimes called “Nelly”) Syme of Battery Road, North Queensferry. They had a son Frederick, born in 1910 and baptised in the United Free Church, North Queensferry in October 1911.

He may have been posted to India or Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1911. His wife and child may well be the Mrs Lockhart and child who sailed from Liverpool to Montreal on 11 October 1912 on the SS Virginian, Allan Line.

Lockhart grave
Grave of A.F.J. Lockhart

When war was declared, the War Office issued orders for mobilisation of the British Expeditionary Force in accordance with the existing plan.

The 13 Field Companies then at home on a peacetime establishment were reorganised to create twelve Field Companies, two for each of the six Divisions of the BEF. Men required to bring these Companies up to war establishment units came from the RE Training Depot at Aldershot (mounted men) and the RE Reserve Battalion and Depot Companies at Chatham (dismounted men). The 12 Field Company were part of the 6th Division.

His medal index card shows that he first went to serve on the Western Front on the 12 August 1915 disembarking in France. He died of wounds, apparently in Etaples, which was a major base and hospital area.


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish War Memorials Project

Census 1881, 1891, 1911

National Archives. Medal Card. Soldier’s Effects

Scottish National Archives. Marriage Certificate

Soldiers Died in Great War

North Queensferry Free Church Baptismal Roll

Alex Morris


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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