According to his attestation papers dated January 18, 1916 at Mimico, Hyla Frederick Archer of Mimico, was born on June 4, 1882 at Walsall, Staffordshire, England. He listed his wife Mrs. Margaret Archer, Mimico as his next of kin. He was an emery wheel maker and was an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 33 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 3/4 inches tall. He had brown eyes and dark hair and complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a brickmaker living on the west side of Albert Avenue, Mimico.