Archibald L JONES
Rank: Private
Number: 52276
Date of Death: 26 September 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel

Archibald was the eldest son of William and Mary of 19 Victoria Grove (previously 14 School Lane), Heaton Chapel. William was an insurance broker and money lender with offices at Queen's Buildings in St Peter's Square, Stockport.

When Archibald enlisted into the army, he was originally assigned to the Royal Army Medical Corps but this appears to have been for his initial training only. Before he left the UK, he was transferred to the Manchesters. His service number suggests this may have been towards the end of 1916 or early 1917. His previous training with the RAMC might mean that he was used as a stretcher bearer when he joined the infantry. Regimental records published after the War show that Archibald "died". This is a designation normally suggesting a death from natural causes rather than "died of wounds" or "killed in action". The Cemetery where he is buried was used by an army field hospital and it is probable that he fell victim to the worldwide pandemic on influenza which claimed millions of lives in the autumn of 1918.

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