Archibald McCallum 1881 - 1916

Name: Archibald McCallum

Father: Duncan McCallum

Mother: Susannah Cumming

Born: April 23, 1881 in Inveraray

• Charlotte McCallum 1874
• Edward McCallum 1877 - 1896
• James Cumming McCallum 1879
• Donald Gordon McCallum 1885
• Duncan A McCalllum 1883
• Christina Jessie McCallum 1888

Married: Unmarried

Children: None

Death: June 27, 1916 at Ypres

  • Cause of Death: Killed in action in the trenches east of Zillebeke
  • Burial: Bedford House Cemetery, Enclosure #4, Ypres, Belgium
  • Headstone: As above grave reference: XV.B.40. He is commemorated on the family headstone in Kilmalieu Cemetery and on the Inveraray War Memorial

Occupation: Joiner per enlistment papers in 1901, Carpenter per WWI attestation papers.

Address: 1891 Rosebank, Cumlodden, Glassary


  • 1881 n/a
  • 1891
  • 1901
  • 1911

Archibald apprenticed as a joiner but we do not know for sure where he conducted this trade. He enlisted as a private in the Imperial Yeomanry on March 1, 1901 in Glasgow and was sent to South Africa by Mar 31 as part of the second contingent of the Yeomanry serving there. He served for 1 year and 127 days and was "slightly wounded" at Vaalbank, South Africa on February 2, 1902. This is an interesting description as he was later described as having 3 bullet wounds on his right side. He was awarded the Queens South Africa medal with three clasps and his discharge proceeding indicated that his conduct was very good. He was discharged on August 11, 1902. His discharge papers indicated that he intended to reside at Crarae, Lochfyne, Argyllshire which is where his parents were living.

There is some uncertainty in the record for the next 15 years. We know that Archibald went to Canada. A joiner by his name sailed from Glasgow to Montreal, landing on May 10, 1908. His destination in Canada is illegible on the passenger list but the known facts match. There was an Archibald McCallum living in Fort George, British Columbia in 1911 who had emigrated at about the right time and who was the correct age but unfortunately his occupation was left blank.

Archibald appears with certainty on May 27, 1915 in Calgary, Alberta when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in the first world war. He gave his brother J.C. McCallum of Glasgow as his next of kin. His Attestation papers indicate his previous service in South Africa and the bullet wounds mentioned above as "distinctive marks". He was killed in action in the trenches east of Zillebeke near Ypres, Belgium and was buried in the Bedford House Cemetery.


  • 1881 McCallum, Archibald (Statutory Births 513 / 00 / 0013)


Other records

  • Chelsea Pension Records
  • Library and Archives Canada, Soldiers of the First World War - CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force)
  • Canada War Graves Registers