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Name: William ARMSTRONG
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private (Signaller) Initials: W Service No.: 9/1605
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 20
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force)
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 6 Thorpe Cottages, Barmoor, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: 20 Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: William's name appears on the Emma Colliery Workmen's Memorial but there is no evidence to suggest that he worked at Emma pit. His name appearing on the memorial is probably due to the fact that his father worked at the pit.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Thursday 2nd March 1916
Place of Death: Belgium.
Battle/Campaign: Ypres (Ieper) Sector, Sanctuary Wood Trenches
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Holy Cross Church, Shrine, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Reference II. B. 24
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 11th March 1916. Blaydon Courier, page 8, 1st April 1916.
Family Details:
William was the third son of John and Ann Armstrong of 6 Thorpe Cottages, Barmoor, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brothers: James, and John Thomas. Sisters: Annie, and Rachael.
Notes : William's brother, James Armstrong, was killed in action on 21st September 1914 whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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