Archibald Edward May: Wednesday 16th December 1917
Archibald May enlisted in Fulham with the East Surrey Regiment. When he died of wounds, probably having taken part in the Battle of Cambrai (part of the Somme campaign), he was a Private in 10th Battalion Enniskillen Fusiliers. It is possible that he transferred as part of a 2-3 dozen batch from the East Surrey’s in about March 1917.
He is one of 1754 Somme casualties lying in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension. The area was to be fought over again in 1944 and a further 348 casualties were to join them.
He was born in Plymouth in 1877, the son of Adolphus, a ship’s clerk, and his wife Louisa. He had 4 sisters, Ida and Alice, older and Dora and Hilda, younger. He was married to Florence and lived at 59 Beechcroft Road.