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Archibald FultonSGT ARCHD H FULTON 17TH H.L.I.

2749 Sergeant Archibald Holms Fulton

17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

died of wounds 19th November 1916

aged 21

Contay British Cemetery
Ranfurly Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Kilbarchan Cemetery

Walden, Bridge of Weir
Son of John Fulton and Jeanie Holms

His Life

Brothers Archibald and Hugh Fulton were both killed in World War I. Archibald was born on 28th August 1895 at 2 Raise Street, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, the third of a family of four born to John Fulton, of Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire and Jeanie Crawford Holms, from Glasgow, who had married in Glasgow on 25th December 1890.

In 1891 John (25) and Jeanie (23) were living in 6 Prince Edward Street, Govan, Glasgow. John was a mercantile cashier.

In 1901, the Fulton family, now of six, was in 206 Darnley Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow. John senior was a clerk with a railway company and the eldest three children including Archibald (5) were at school.

In 1911 the Fulton family of six lived in Walden, an 8-roomed semi-villa in Horsewood Road, Bridge of Weir. John senior was a house factor with the Railway Company. John and Archibald (15) were commercial clerks with a Foreign Merchant and Importer (the Bombay Finance department of William Graham & Co, Glasgow, in the case of Archie), Margaret was an apprentice milliner, and Hugh was still at school. Also living in the same 8-roomed house were John senior's brother Hugh, a head teacher and a widower, with his children John and Jean who were both at school. The domestic servant was Maggie Murdoch (18) from Girvan.

Archie volunteered in December 1914 and was enlisted in the 17th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, which had been raised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Private Fulton first joined the theatre of war on 22nd November 1915 in France. The 17th HLI formed part of 97th Brigade, 32nd Division. At some point he won promotion to Sergeant. The Division took part in the Battles of Albert and Bazentin on the Somme in July 1916 and the Battle of the Ancre between 13th and 18th November 1916. On 18th November 1916, generally accepted as the final day of the 4½ month Battle of the Somme, Archie was wounded in action at Beaumont-Hamel and died from his wounds the following day. He is buried in Contay British Cemetery, 8 miles north-east of Amiens in northern France. There were two Casualty Clearing Stations in Contay at the time. He was the first of two Fulton brothers to fall.


1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age
John9 John19 Glasgow, Lanark
Maggie7 Margaret17 Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
Archd Holms5 Archibald15 Saltcoats, Ayrshire
Hugh2 Hugh12 Saltcoats, Ayrshire


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