|Date of Birth||July 29, 1885|
|Place of Birth||Edinburgh|
|Next of Kin||Mrs GS Kreig, sister, Carlisle, Cumberland, England|
|Trade / Calling||Labourer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Address at Enlistment||Wellington Hotel, Winnipeg|
|Date of Enlistment||October 28, 1916|
|Age at Enlistment||31|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||July 24, 1943|
|Age at Death||58|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
Although he gave his year of birth as 1888 on his attestation papers, Archibald (Archie) Delargy was born on 29 July 1885 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His birth record as found on the scotlandspeople website, as well as some Scotland census documents, show the surname as De Largy. Archie’s father Archibald was from Airdrie in Lanarkshire, while his mother Helen Hunter was from Jedburgh in Roxburghshire although her family moved to Edinburgh when she was a child. Archie’s father and both grandfathers were shoemakers.
Archie’s parents married in 1879 in Newington in Edinburgh but by the 1881 Scotland census they were living in Newton on Ayr in Ayrshire. They gave birth to their first child, daughter Annie, in 1883. By the time of Archie’s birth they were back in Edinburgh. Sadly, after the death of his mother Helen in 1889 in Edinburgh, Archie and his sister were placed in the Aberlour Orphanage in Aberlour, Banffshire.
Along with John Stewart, another lad from the orphanage, Archie was found on the passenger list of the Mongolian that embarked from Glasgow in early June of 1906, both headed for Winnipeg. For the 1911 Canada census Archie was living in Kenora, Ontario and working as a labourer at a local saw mill. He was next found crossing the border from the United States back into Canada at Pembina, North Dakota/Emerson, Manitoba in August of 1914, on his way to Kenora with William and Louise Gagnon. Both Archie and William were listed as butchers. According to his obituary, Archie also worked for a time as a postal clerk in Winnipeg.
With the occupation of labourer Archie signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 28 October 1916. He gave his residence as the Wellington Hotel and his sister Annie Greig of Carlisle, Cumberland in England as next of kin. He later changed it to Louise Gagnon, friend in Winnipeg, and also named Louise as beneficiary in his military will.
As a Private with the 221st Battalion, Archie arrived in England in late April of 1917. First transferred to the 11th Reserve Battalion, he was later transferred to the 78th Battalion, joining the unit in the field on the 9th of July. The 78th Battalion fought in many major battles of the war including Ypres, the Somme, Arras, Vimy, Passchendaele, Amiens, Drocourt-Queant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, and Valenciennes.
Archie was granted a fourteen day leave to Paris in late February of 1918. He sustained the first of his injuries, a gunshot wound to a finger on 9 August 1918, rejoining the unit in mid October. His second injury, a shrapnel wound to the wrist, occurred on 6 November 1918 and he was sent to the No 22 General Hospital in Camiers. From there he was to spend time at another hospital before being discharged to base in March of 1919. He returned to Canada aboard the Saturnia, arriving in Montreal on the 28th of June.
Although Archie gave his intended place of residence upon discharge as Winnipeg, he returned to the Kenora area, taking up residence in the nearby town of Keewatin where he became a member of the Keewatin Branch of the Canadian Legion. He worked with the construction gangs on the Canadian Pacific Railway and later operated a taxi transporting and woodcutting business.
Archie died on 24 July 1943 in the Kenora General Hospital. With members of the Legion acting as pallbearers, Archie was interred in the Keewatin Canadian Legion plot of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora. At the time it was believed that he was survived by his sister in Inverness in Scotland.
by Judy Stockham