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Archibald Whitehead was born in Wolverhampton in 1883, the son of James and Margaret Whitehead. In 1901 the family was at 7 Waterloo Road North, and the household consisted of Archibald, his parents, his sisters Ada M., Doris M., Margaret E. and Winifred A., brothers Ernest G., James W. and Robert, and a servant, Emmie Worrall. The 17-year-old Archibald was a printers compositor. In 1909 he married Eleann Gertrude Tempest, and they had at least one child, Archibald J. Whitehead, in 1912.

Archibald, later known as “Archie”, enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps and became a Second Lieutenant. A small piece under the “Local & District News” of the Express & Star on 1 April 1918 stated that he had been wounded in France and was now in a London hospital. The wound was described as “not serious”. Archie survived the war and died in 1960 at the age of 76.