Nisbet, Archibald (No. 25257)

Nisbet, Archibald (Archie)


No. 25257, 3rd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Died of disease on Monday 13 January 1919 (aged 29)


Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, (Grave 1. 104)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial


Archibald Nisbet was born in June 1890 in Galston, Ayr in Scotland and he was a son of James and Jane Nisbet (nee Hay).  He had four sisters – Jane, Lilian (Lily), Madge and Mary.

In civilian life Archibald Nisbet worked as a butcher and he was employed by the firm of Edward Watson and Company in Argyle Street, Glasgow.  On 30 October 1913 he was awarded a Certificate of Competency in the Inspection of Meat and Other Foods by the Incorporated Sanitary Association of Scotland.  On 9 February 1914 he was admitted as a Member of the Incorporation of Fleshers and at that time his address was 8 Howat Street, Govan.

Archibald Nisbet and Jane (Jeannie) Maddock were married on 14 January 1916 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark) and they lived at 25 Balfour Street, Newtownards with Jeannie’s parents, Thomas and Jane Maddock (nee Doggart).  Thomas Maddock was head of the engineering department at the Ards Weaving Company and it was reported in the 22 February 1919 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle that he had 23 near relatives who had served or were serving in the war – two sons, two sons-in-law and nineteen nephews.  Six of them died including Archibald Nisbet (son-in-law) and William Maddock (nephew).

According to family records, Archibald and Jeannie Nisbet had two children:

Sheena Maddock (born 7 October 1916)

Thomas Archibald Maddock (born 6 July 1919, seven months after his father died)

During the First World War Private Archibald Nisbet (No. 25257) served with the Highland Light Infantry and he was 29 when he died of pulmonary tuberculosis at 25 Balfour Street, Newtownards on Monday 13 January 1919.  The following Wednesday afternoon he was buried in Movilla Cemetery and his CWGC headstone bears the following inscription:

Whosoever Liveth

And Believeth In Me

Shall Never Die

John XI. 26

After Private Archibald Nisbet died, his widow Jeannie placed a notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

His weary hours and days of pain,

His troubled nights are past;

His ever patient worn out frame

Has found sweet rest at last.

Private Archibald Nisbet (No. 25257) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.  His widow, Jeannie, died on 2 April 1978 (aged 88).