Clarence Armstrong, MM



Oct 12, 1894

Born at Embro, Oxford County Ontario


Feb 25, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Tillsonburg Ontario 

Ø      Number 675609

Ø      Next of kin given as David Armstrong (father) of Springford Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 7, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 10, 1916

At duty from being AWL and forfeits 4 days pay


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had moved into billets at Bois Des Alleux that day to reorganize and re-equip after the heavy losses at the attack at Vimy Ridge


Aug 15, 1917

Wounded in right arm by a machine gun bullet during the attack at Hill 70, and was admitted to the No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  He was transferred the same day to the No 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where surgery was performed


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to the No 22 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers


Aug 21, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to the Alexandria Hospital at Cosham, near Portsmouth


Sep 11, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park Epsom


Oct 24, 1917

Discharged from the Convalescent Hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford 

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Mar 6, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Sergeant with pay


Apr 12, 1918

Reprimanded for neglect of duty


Jul 29, 1918

Tried by DCM (District Court Martial) for an offence of a fraudulent nature per sub section 5 of section 10 of the Army Act and found GUILTY and sentenced to 70 days Detention and reduced in rank to Pte.


Aug 8, 1918             Transferred to the Wandsworth Detention Prison in England



Aug 31, 1918

Unexpired portion of sentence is remitted and he is posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 2, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Harvie who had proceeded to England


Sep 3, 1918

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Palmer who had been promoted


Sep 5, 1918

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 11, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at the Droucourt Queant Line.  The War Diary makes note of 50 Other Ranks arriving as reinforcements


Oct 16, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt Reynolds who had proceeded to England


Mar 3, 1919

Admitted to No 6 CFA with an inflammation of the mouth


Mar 16, 1919

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Whitley Camp


Apr 4, 1919

TOS the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277436

Ø      Rank on discharge Sgt

Ø      Proposed residence on Discharge PO Springford Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31430



Jun 28, 1922

Married to Eva Smith at Langton Ontario 

Occupation listed on marriage permit Butcher 

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