George Archer was born in Thame in 1883 to parents John and Mary Archer of Priestend, Thame.
When a soldier from Thame died in 1902 a newspaper wrote; “His made the fourth life Thame had yielded to swell the death roll of those who left kith and kindred in order to fight the battles of their country”.
George Archer was one of three soldiers from Thame who died in the space of three months, in the summer of 1900. This was a period of British counteroffensives that enabled the British to capture the Boer capital, Pretoria.
4610 Private George Archer, 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry, died of disease 15th June 1900 at Bloemfontein, age 17.
He is buried in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
George is remembered on a memorial at Edward Brooks Barracks Abingdon, Oxfordshire and the Boer War memorial plaque at St Mary’s Church, Thame.