Pyper, Archibald Porter (No. 17074)

Pyper, Archibald Porter (Archibald)


No. 17074, 6th Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)

Killed in action on Saturday 7 August 1915 (aged 29)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 178 to 180)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Brother of Private Albert Ernest Pyper (No. S/14922)


Archibald Porter Pyper was born on 11 January 1886 in High Street, Holywood and he was a son of John and Dorothy (sometimes Dorothea) Pyper (nee Johnston) who were married in 1868 in St Andrew’s, Scotland.  Dorothy Johnston was born in Edinburgh.

The Pyper family lived for at least ten years in High Street, Holywood (1876 to 1886) and they also lived at five other addresses in Belfast: 19 Vicinage Park; 1 Crumlin Terrace; Knock Road; 55 Victoria Street and 238 Newtownards Road.

John Pyper was a watchmaker and jeweller and he and Dorothy had at least twelve children including:

Thomas Johnston (born 21 August 1872 at 19 Vicinage Park, Belfast)

Catherine Mary (born 21 March 1876 in High Street, Holywood)

William Robert (born 28 June 1878 in High Street, Holywood)

Charles Edward (born 15 September 1880 in High Street, Holywood)

Frederick James (born 15 September 1880 in High Street, Holywood)

Albert Ernest (born 5 October 1883 in High Street, Holywood)

Archibald Porter (born 11 January 1886 in High Street, Holywood)

Dorothy (born 15 January 1891 at 1 Crumlin Terrace, Belfast)

The children’s uncle, William Johnston, who worked as a photographer, lived with the Pyper family.  Archibald Pyper was the first of the two brothers to die on active service during the Great War.  His father, John, died on 7 January 1927 (aged 83).

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, Archibald Porter Pyper worked as a photographer’s apprentice.  He enlisted in Athlone and served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Private Archibald Pyper (No. 17074) was 29 when he was killed in action on 7 August 1915 during the landings at, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli and he has no known grave.

Private Archibald Pyper (No. 17074) is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 539).