Archibald McIntyre

Archibald Maltman McIntyre

Personal Details

Archibald Maltman McIntyre was born in Liverpool, Lancashire on 19th September 1887 (baptised 6th November 1887), the second son of Archibald Malcolm and Charlotte Eliza McIntyre of Oat Hill, Malpas, Cheshire. Archibald senior was the engineer in charge of Malpas reservoir.

Archibald left for Australia on 21st May 1910 on the SS Everton Grange, sponsored by his great-uncle, James Duke, of Queensland. He lived and worked in Queensland, initially as an engineer and latterly with his cousin, Will Duke, growing bananas in Eumundi, Queensland.

He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 3rd September 1917, leaving for the Western Front on 16th November 1917 on the SS Canberra.

Archibald is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, Australia, on the Eumundi & District Roll of Honour, on the Nambour (Maroochy Shire) Roll of Honour, and at the Masonic Centre, Cooroy.

Military Details

Regiment : 21st/25th Battalion Australian Infantry
Rank : Private
Service Number : 7089

Killed in action; France 4 July 1918 Aged 30

Medals and Awards
Archibald was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Will of Archibald Maltman McIntyre
I Archibald Maltman McIntyre of Eumundi in the State of Queensland Fruitgrower and now a member of the Australian Imperial Forces hereby revoke all former Wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament I give devise and bequeath all my property both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever unto my Mother Charlotte Eliza McIntyre wife of Archibald Malcolm McIntyre of Malpas Cheshire England Resident Water Engineer absolutely and in case she predecease me then to my father the said Archibald Malcolm McIntyre and in case he predecease me also then to my brother William absolutely And I appoint my said Mother or in case she predecease me my said father or in case he predecease me then my said brother to be the sole Executor of this Will As witness my hand to this my Will this twenty fifth day of October one thousand nine hundred and seventeen

Signed by the said Testator Archibald Maltman McIntyre as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Fred M. Sykes Solicitor GYMPIE.

Annie M McIntyre Eummundi.

Taken from Forces War Records

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