Nicholas James Mervyn Archdall (1879-1915)

Nicholas James Mervyn Archdall was born 20 June 1879. He was the seventh son, and tenth child, of Hugh Montgomery Archdall, Esq. (1824-1880), of Irvinestown, county Fermanagh, and Elizabeth Stewart (1838-1923). [1]

Nicholas was scarcely a year old when his father died on 22 September 1880 at the family residence, Drumadravy House, in Irvinestown. [2] Mrs. Archdall was left to raise her surviving eight children. The family appears to have remained in county Fermanagh, as Nicholas was educated at Portora Royal School in Enniskillen. [1]

Mr. Archdall held the office of Major, and was attached to the 5th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders. He died at the age of thirty-six years, on 28 September 1915, while serving in the South African campaign. His name is engraved on the Loos Memorial at Pas de Calais in France (panel reference 119 to 124). [3]

Inside the parish church of Ardess, county Fermanagh, a commemorative plaque was installed, which reads: In proud memory of Nicholas James Mervyn Archdall, Major Cameron Highlanders, son of Hugh and Elizabeth Archdall who gave his life for his country in the Battle of Loos 28th Sept 1915. [4]


  1. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh, Burke's Irish Family Records (London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd., 1976); posted online to The Peerage; compiled by Darryl Lundy, of Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand (accessed 2014-07-09).
  2. London Standard newspaper, 28 September 1880, online at the British Newspaper Archive (accessed by subscription 2014-04-08).
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission (accessed 2014-04-07).
  4. Cemetery: Fermanagh, Ardress Old Graveyard, contributed by John Cunningham to the Ireland Genealogy Project Archives (accessed 2014-04-07).

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