ARCHIBALD FREDERICK GLADMAN

Private, 60646, 8th Royal Fusiliers
Killed in Action, 3 May 1917, at Arras, France, aged 28
Buried in the Military Cemetery at Arras
 

Private Archibald Frederick Gladman was born in 1889 at Horsted Keynes (West Hoathly). His parents were Thomas and Lois Gladman. The Memorial Book of Remembrance in Holy Trinity Church in Forest Row was signed by his widow, Fanny Gladman, who was living at 2, Rosemary Cottages, Forest Row.

In the 1891 census he was living at Birch Grove, West Hoathly, and in 1901 was to be found at Brambletye Mill Cottages in Forest Row.

In the 1911 census, Archibald, still at the same address, was recorded as being a cowman.

In May 1917 Private Gladman was serving in the Arras region as part of the 20th Division of the 3rd Army under General Allenby. The main offensive in this part of the Battle of Arras began on 9 April with a major Canadian attack on and the taking of Vimy Ridge. This was later described as "one of the greatest single day's achievements in the history of the Western Front". The British offensive continued for several months until, without a major breakthrough, General Nivelle ended the offensive.

Kevin Tillett