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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Archie" Archibald LANG

Born 7 March 1887 in Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland [28]
Son of John LANG and Mary LOCHHEAD [28]
He was the eldest of six children with younger siblings Jenny, John, Jean, May and Winnie [P12]
Resided with his parents and siblings in Greenock and at the Buchanan Arms Hotel in Kilmacolm, Renfrew, Scotland [P12]
Served a five year apprenticeship with the engineering firm J. G. Kincaid & Company in Greenock [30: item 7379520]
He became a Sugar Refinery Engineer / Sugar Factory Engineer [P1]
Worked for a sugar company in Tryjello, Peru before returning to Scotland via New York, United States of America in 1912 [222]
     Departed Colon, Panama, Central America on the steamship Magdalena and arrived in New York on 14 March 1912 [222]
His parents and siblings immigrated to Western Australia in 1914 to settle on a Ready-Made Farm in Carnamah [34]
He departed Colon, Panama, Central America on the steamship Coronada and arrived in Bristol, England on 15 August 1915 [204]
     Following his arrival he proceeded to Scotland where he presumably resided until leaving for Western Australia [204]
     Departed London, England on the steamship Omrah for Fremantle, Western Australia on 22 October 1915 [203]
Farmer with his father on Grianaig Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia prior to enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force [34]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 1 February 1916 [30: item 7379520]
     He had previously served in the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Allied Special Forces [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 9¾ inches tall, weighed 149 pounds and had a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was on 12 April 1916 appointed to the 17th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1917 [30]
     Disembarked in Egypt on 14 May 1916, trained at Penham Downs in England and proceeded to France on 15 August 1916 [30]
     Private and later Acting Corporal 5336 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised due to illness on 19 November 1916 and after treatment rejoined his Battalion days later on 23 November 1916 [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 22 December 1916 and after hospitalisation rejoined his Battalion on 17 January 1917 [30]
     He was more seriously Wounded in Action in France on 6 May 1917 and was reported with a shell wound to his head [30]
     Evacuated to England for further treatment on the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth on 19 May 1917 [30]
     His condition was listed as "severe" however a month later notice was given that he was "progressing favourably" [30]
     He appeared on 310th Casualty List released on 13 June 1917 and published in The West Australian newspaper [39: 14-Jun-1917]
     After further treatment in England he was returned to Australia for early discharge due to having a fractured skull [30]
     Embarked from England on the H.M.A.T. A30 Borda and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 November 1917 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 29 December 1917; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer with his father of Grianaig Farm near Prowaka Siding in Carnamah in 1918 [6] [218]
He was in Carnamah for a year and then travelled to Sydney to sail to the United States of America en route to Trujillo, Peru [218]
     Departed Sydney on the steamship Sonoma and arrived in San Francisco, California, USA on 13 December 1918 [218]
     Engineer in Cartavio, Peru in 1920 [222]
     Departed Callao, Peru on the steamship Santa Teresa on 2 July 1920 and arrived in New York, USA on 14 July 1920 [222]
     He only stayed in the United States of America for three days and then departed for England [222]
Departed London, England on the steamship Beltana for Fremantle, Western Australia on 9 November 1921 [203]
     Prior to his departure he had resided at the Old School House in Houston, Renfrew, Scotland [203]
     Resided with his parents and siblings on Grianaig Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia in 1924 [19]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Themistocles and arrived in Southampton, England on 21 July 1924 [204]
Sugar Factory Engineer in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, British West Indies 1928-1933 [221] [222]
     Departed Glasgow, Scotland on the steamship Cameronia and arrived in New York, USA on 15 October 1928 [222]
     The passenger list listed his identifying marks as "gunshot wound right side of head" and "birthmark right cheek" [222]
     Following his arrival in New York in 1928 he stayed for ten days and then departed for Saint Kitts in the British West Indies [222]
     Departed Trinidad, West Indies on the steamship Dominicaand arrived in New York, USA on 20 December 1929 [222]
Married his first cousin Elsie Campbell LOCHHEAD on 8 January 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America [P1]
     Following their marriage he and his wife resided in the British West Indies where he worked as an Engineer [204]
     They left Saint Kitts, West Indies on the steamship Pellerin De La Touche and arrived in Plymouth, England on 4 June 1931 [204]
     Stayed with his sister Mrs Jean SHARPE at 3 Maryville Avenue, Giffnoch in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland [203] [204] [222]
     They departed Glasgow on the steamship California for New York, Unites States of America on 11 August 1931 [203] [222]
     Arrived in New York on 19 August 1931 and shortly thereafter departed for Saint Kitts, West Indies [222]
Departed Basseterre, Saint Kitts, West Indies on the steamship Lady Drake and arrived in Boston USA on 30 November 1933 [221]
Departed Saint Kitts, West Indies with his wife on the steamship Inanda and arrived in London, England on 4 July 1934 [204]
     Their address following their arrival was care of Leitch & Sharpe of Bath Street, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland [204]
     Three months later, on 11 October 1934, they departed London, England on the steamship Ingoma for Antigua, West Indies [203]
In 1935 he was the manager and engineer of sugar plantations in the West Indies[5: 18-Oct-1935]
     Departed Saint Kitts, West Indies on the steamship Inandaand arrived in London, England on 9 August 1935 [204]
     After staying at the Strand Palace Hotel in London he departed London with his wife on the Moldavia on 6 September 1935 [203]
     He and his wife arrived on the steamship Moldavia in Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 October 1935 [63]
     Resided in Carnamah from October to December 1935 [5: 18-Oct-1935, 3-Jan-1936] [63]
     Attended the funeral of his sister Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
     Attended the funeral of his father John LANG at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on Christmas Eve in 1935 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
After spending time in Scotland departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Largs Bay for Australia on 24 September 1940 [203]
After more time in Scotland he departed Glagsow, Scotland on the Vaalaren for New York, USA on 30 August 1941 [203]
When his mother passed away in Carnamah, Western Australia in February 1942 he was living in New York, USA [5: 27-Feb-1942]
Departed Glasgow, Scotland on the steamship Spartanburg Victory for New York, USA on 28 March 1946 [203]
By 1949 he has retired [204]
     In retirement he resided part of each year in Scotland and the other part of the year in the United States of America [P12]
Departed New York, USA on the steamship Queen Elizabeth and arrived in Southampton, England on 10 November 1949 [204]
     His address during his visit was 13 Orton Avenue in Woodston, Peterborough, England [204]
Departed Montreal, Canada on the steamship Lismoria and arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on 20 May 1951 [204]
     He stayed in Scotland for two months and upon arrival gave his address as  65 Bath Street, Glasgow [204]
     Departed Glasgow on the steamship Laurentia on 25 July 1951 for Montreal, Canada on his return to the United States [203]
After time in America departed Montreal, Canada on the steamship Lismoria and arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on 8 May 1953 [204]
     His intended address following his arrival in Scotland was care of Leitch & Sharpe of 65 Bath Street, Glasgow [204]
Died 10 September 1960 at 50 Saint Andrew's Drive in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland [P1]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Archibald Lang' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 October 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/archibald-lang [sources]




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