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Regimental number3681
Place of birthKerang, Victoria
SchoolSt Kilda State School, Victoria
Address53 Stanley Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 3.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, David Watson Armstrong, 53 Stanley Street, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 18 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsFather munition worker; Brothers: 2630 Pte James Stanley ARMSTRONG, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 15 January 1919; 3350 Pte David Charles ARMSTRONG, 58th Bn, killed in action, 8 March 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 27 January 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to duty, 8 February 1916.

Allotted to and proceeded to join 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 30 March 1916 (sore feet); discharged to unit, 1 April 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 10 April 1916 (chronic gastritis); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station (dysentery), 13 April 1916; rejoined unit, 16 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, prnounced fate as 'Killed in action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on Red Cross File No 130602: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARMSTRONG John Hubert
Red Cross File No 130602

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