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Archibald Whitehouse Darby was born on 14 December 1895, in Wednesbury, the son of William and Mary Darby. In 1901, the family were living at 77 Sweetman Street, Wolverhampton, with Archibald’s sister Bernice.

In 1916, Archibald enlisted with the 38th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (number 101631). On 10 April 1918, he was wounded in the left leg, and was taken prisoner at Messines in France. Initially, he was just reported as missing, but an article in the Express & Star on 21 May 1918 indicates that his mother (now living at 144 Evans Street) had received information of his capture. He is listed on the Programme for the dinner that the Express & Star organised for returned prisoners of war in March 1919.

Archibald married a lady called Emily F. R. Warrack in Gravesend in 1932, and the couple had two sons born in Wolverhampton, Archibald and Francis, between 1936 and 1939. Archibald died in December 1971.