Archibald Black Whitelaw

First Name: 
Archibald
Middle Name: 
Black
Last Name: 
Whitelaw
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, August 25, 1891
Father's Name: 
James Whitelaw
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, February 3, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
60th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, July 9, 1983
Details: 

Archibald Whitelaw (Service No 1986) was born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to Australia in 1912.

At enlistment he was single, 24 years old, employed as a labourer and lived at Lilyfield, N.S.W.  Archibald nominated his mother who lived at Corrimal, N.S.W. as his next of kin. (NOTE: On his enlistment papers Archibald recorded his mother as Mrs W B Woods (National Archives records) , however, Archibald's embarkation roll documents (Australian War Memorial) record his mother's name as Isabella Whitelaw).

Archibald embarked from Melbourne on HMAT A17 Port Lincoln with 3rd Reinforcements, 59th Battalion on 4th May 1916.  He arrived in France on 8th August 1916.

Archibald was transferred to 60th Battalion on 25th November 1916. He saw service on the Western Front without incident until 16th October 1917 when he was wounded when he was caught in a mustard gas attack.  

He was evacuated to hospital in England and repatriated back to Australia in January 1918.  After further treatment in Australia Archibald was discharged medically unfit on 28th August 1918.

In 1923 he married Marjorie Turnbull.

Archibald's service is commemorated at the Thirroul Woodward Memorial Park.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WHITELAW ARCHIBALD BLACK

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