Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private Archibald William Goodchild, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters ( the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), was killed in action on the Western Front.
The battalion was raised at Derby in September of 1914. They had been selected originally for Home Defence duties, but in July of 1915 were sent to France and were soon on the front lines of the Southern Ypres salient. Private Goodchild saw action at the Bluff on the Comines canal in 1916 before moving to the Somme for the Battle of Albert and the Battle of Delville Wood. In the days surrounding his death, his company was in the trenches near Combles, ten miles east of Albert and thirty miles north-east of Amiens, repairing trenches and going out on night patrols. Private Goodchild has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Picardy in France.
Archibald, from Wareham in Dorset, was 28 years old.