Arthur John Armstrong



Feb 11, 1896

Born in Perth, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59020 (temporary number 387)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Duke, mother, Perth, Ontario

o       His mother’s name is also spelled Luck and Luke in the file

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 years with the 42nd Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area over the winter 1914-15 with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer.  For a period of time he was employed as a Batman to Lieut Inderwick.


Mar 16, 1916

Awarded 21 days Field Punishment #1 for refusing to obey an order and using obscene language


Sep 16, 1916

During the fighting on the Somme, near Courcelette, Private Armstrong received a severe wound to his left knee and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was transported the same day to the Division Rest Station at the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Sep 18, 1916

Transferred via the No. 25 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 23 General Hospital for further treatment


Sep 30, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


Oct 2, 1916

Discharged to Base Details at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Oct 6, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Oct 9, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Fieffes, north of Amiens


Nov 29, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 9, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jun 22, 1917

Proceeded to the 2nd Divisional School at the 2nd Training Battalion as a Batman for Major Bowerbank


Aug 12, 1917

Rejoined the battalion with Major Bowerbank


Aug 21, 1917

Proceeded on a course (not specified) at the 2nd Training Battalion


Aug 25, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from course


Jan 11, 1918

TOS the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Jan 30, 1918

Admitted to the No. 58 CCS with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Feb 1, 1918

Transferred via the No. 24 AT and admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital


Mar 6, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot 

Placed under a stoppage of pay at the rate of 50 cents per day and loss of Field Allowance for the 34 days he was in hospital as punishment for contracting the VDS


Apr 4, 1918

Classified as TB (Temporary Base) meaning that he is restricted to base duty only and discharged to the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Detail) for light duties in Etaples


Apr 9, 1918

Reclassified A, meaning that he is fit for full duty


Apr 19, 1918

Proceeded to the CCRC in Calonne Ricouart and


Jun 8, 1918

While with the CC Rein C, the unit moved to Aubin St. Vaast and he was TOS their strength there


Jun 9, 1918

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


Feb 24, 1919

Transferred to England and posted to the EORD in Seaford


Mar 8, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 10, 1919

Posted to MD#3 in Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Southampton


May 9, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


May 12, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 190196

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Perth, Ontario

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Perth, Ontario


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