David Armstrong


Feb 9, 1892

Born in Eugenia, Ontario to Wallace and Helen (nee Hepburn) Armstrong


Mar 24, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59023 (temporary number 1300)

Ø      Next of kin given as Elinor Hepburn Armstrong, mother, Eugenia, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

The battalion trained in Kingston, Ontario 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


Jun 16, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 25, 1915

Private Armstrong requested that he be transferred to the Machine Gun Corps from the 21st Battalion and this was approved by the battalion’s Commanding Officer and the Brigade Commander


Dec 26, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Brigade CMGC (Canadian Machine Gun Corps)


Jan 18, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an accidental wound to his left hand from a “loaded rifle”


Jan 21, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 27, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for being absent from parade


Aug 2, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for being absent from the stables and for having dirty horses in his care


Sep 13, 1916

Left to join the CBD (Canadian Base Depot)


Sep 17, 1916

Arrived at the CBD in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Nov 9, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the CMG Depot in Camiers


Dec 10, 1916

Left the CMG Depot to join his unit


Dec 12, 1916

Joined the 11th Canadian Machine Gun Company


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 4th Machine Gun Company


Sep 27, 1917

Attached to the Machine Gun Reinforcement Camp and Depot


Mar 19, 1918

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 2nd Battalion CMGC in billets in the Marqueffles Farm, north of Arras


Mar 30, 1918

Transferred to the Borden Machine Gun Battery in Hebecourt, south of Amiens


May 1, 1918

Transferred to the CMGC


Jun 7, 1918

Transferred to the 1st Battalion CMGC near Averdoingt


Sep 2, 1918

During an advance near Cagnicourt, east of Arras, an enemy artillery shell killed Private Armstrong.  He was buried in the Vis-en-Artois Cemetery, near where he fell.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. E. Armstrong, 347 Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario


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