Archibald enlisted in October 1915 into the 3/5th Battalion and was transferred to the 1/5th Battalion on 6th August 1916 when he arrived in France. He returned to England 3 weeks later with pleurisy and was treated in Trent Bridge Military Hospital in Nottingham. Archibald was discharged on the 26th March 1917 in consequence of ‘being no longer physically fit for War service’.
Alfred was an original member of the 1st Nottinghamshire (Robin Hood) Rifle Volunteer Corps and enlisted into the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion Sherwood Foresters in April 1908 (#425) and subsequently re-enlisting in 1914 (#2907). He arrived in France with the North Midland Division in February 1915 and was still serving with the 7th Battalion at the time of the Territorial Force renumbering in Spring 1917 (#265736). At some point he transferred to the 250th Employment Company of the Labour Corps (#223955).