McErvel, Archibald Gibson (No. 9984)

McErvel, Archibald Gibson

Private

No. 9984, 24th Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Died of disease on Thursday 12 August 1920 (aged 45)

Buried:

Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt (Grave G. 86)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY           

It was reported in the County Down Spectator that Private Archibald G. McErvel was a son of the late Thomas McErvel of Bangor and that his widow and two children lived at Craig Royston, Cultra.

Archibald Gibson McErvel was born on 11 June 1875 at 5 Clifton Terrace, Belfast and he was the eldest son of Thomas and Sarah Jane McErvel (nee Hutson) who were married on 13 July 1874 in First Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Thomas McErvel from Belfast was a son of Archibald McErvel, a farmer.  Sarah Jane Hutson from Belfast was a daughter of John Hutson, a revenue officer.

In 1901 the McErvel family lived at 23 Clifton Road, Bangor.

Thomas McErvel was a seed merchant with premises in Victoria Street, Belfast and he and Sarah had at least six children:

Archibald Gibson (born 11 June 1875 at 5 Clifton Terrace, Belfast)

Sarah (born 22 January 1877 at 5 Clifton Terrace, Belfast)

Mary (born 13 April 1879 at 1 Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast)

Thomas (born 9 November 1880 at 1 Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast)

Isabel (born 5 March 1883 at 1 Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast)

John Harold (born 7 February 1886 in Strandtown, Belfast)

Archibald Gibson McErvel was a career soldier and his two brothers, John Harold and Thomas, worked in the family business.

Thomas McErvel Senior died of liver disease at 2 Upper Clifton, Bangor on 5 September 1911 (aged 71).

Archibald Gibson McErvel and Annie Elizabeth Lawrie (born in Lancashire) were married around 1902/1903 and they had two children:

Shelagh Mary (born around 1903/1904 in South Africa)

Patricia Margaret (born around 1906/1907 in South Africa)

During the Great War Private Archibald Gibson McErvel served with the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) and in the County Down Spectator it was reported that he had previous service with the Royal Irish Rifles.  Private Archibald Gibson McErvel was attached to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and he was 45 when he died of dysentery on 12 August 1920 in the Military Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt.  At that time his wife and two children were living at Craig Royston, Cultra.

Private Archibald G McErvel’s widow, Annie Elizabeth, died on 6 February 1941 in the Crichton Royal Institution, Dumfries, Scotland.