St Johna's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Decoration and Medals:
1939-45 Star. Air Crew Europe Star. War Medal.
Son of Mrs Archer, of 15 Fell View, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham, and the late Philip Archer.
Grandson of William and Barbara Archer, of Garesfield, Co Durham.
Sisters: Betty and Barbara.
Tragedy was to hit the family when Austin's father Philip, was accidentally killed on a colliery railway line. Austin, his mother and two sisters were offered the opportunity to be cared for by the grandparents, William and Barbara. William was the Colliery Manager at Garesfield. Mrs Archer opted for her independence and decided to move to Crawcrook with her two daughters and it was agreed that Austin would stay with his grandparents. He spent his early years living at Garesfield, eventually moving into the Rowlands Gill area; it was from there that he enlisted in the RAF.
Austin's name appears on the St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, as being a parishoner
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
Information from family member.