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Regimental number2017
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
OccupationTally clerk
Address249 Parramatta Road, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height6' 0.75"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Katherine Helen Armstrong, 249 Parramatta Road, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 6 years, 8 months with the 24th Signal Company, Australian Engineers.
Enlistment date10 August 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'Gallantry in the field and devotion to duty. Has done excellent work from 7th to 10th August, 1916, laying and maintaining lines, and assisting to build a buried cable route from TARA HILL to SAUSAGE VALLEY which feeds the two Brigades in the front line. This route has been under shell fire daily and under heavy shell fire on 10th August, 1916. Corporal ARMSTRONG kept his party constantly at work showing determination, a great sense of duty, and a splendid example to his party, by his indifference to the shell fire in open country and under trying conditions. Military Medal awarded 28th August, 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 14266 Sapper Herbert ARMSTRONG, 1st Australian Wireless Squadron, returned to Australia, 27 March 1918; 16033 Dvr Harold ARMSTRONG, 1st Australian Wireless Squadron, returned to Australia, 22 March 1919; 7439 Sgt Clifford ARMSTRONG, 13th Bn, returned to Australia, 31 January 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Ypiringa', 15 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-14 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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