Service Number: 711
Enlisted: 13 March 1917, Castlemaine, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Barkers Creek, Victoria, Australia, 1898
Home Town: Castlemaine, Mount Alexander, Victoria
Schooling: Barkers Creek School and Chewton School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, near Messines, Belgium, 27 February 1918
Cemetery: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery
Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 4
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

13 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 711, 4th Machine Gun Company, Castlemaine, Vic.
21 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 711, 4th Machine Gun Company
21 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 711, 4th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Suevic, Melbourne
4 Sep 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 14th Infantry Battalion, England
13 Dec 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 39th Infantry Battalion, Belgium
15 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 57th Infantry Battalion, Belgium
27 Feb 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 711, 57th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

711 Private (Pte) Alex Archer was a labourer from Castlemaine, Victoria prior to enlistment.

Pte Archer embarked with the 13th Reinforcements, 4th Machine Gun Company from Melbourne on HMAT Suevic on 21 June 1917.

Later transferring to the 39th Battalion and then to the 57 Battalion, he was killed in action on 27 February 1918, aged 19, and was buried in the La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

Source: AWM


Alex Archer is also remembered on the Barkers Creek School Honour Roll and the Chewton School Honour Roll, Vic.



82 Pte Henry ARCHER, 5th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 22 September 1919;

321 Corporal William John ARCHER, 57th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 October 1918