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Name: William ARMSTRONG
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W Service No.: 86128
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham Age at Death: 28
Unit: Royal Engineers.
Former Unit(s): 7735 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards.
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 13 Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham
Previous Address: Donn's House, Bank Top, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Stoneman at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Shell shock.
Date of Death: Thursday 22nd February 1917
Place of Death: Sedgefield Lunatic Asylum, Sedgefield, Co. Durham.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: St John's Churchyard Cemetery, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Plot number 269.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 3rd March 1917.
Family Details:
Son of Margaret and the late William Armstrong of Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Williams brother, John Armstrong, was killed in action whilst serving with the London Rifle Brigade in October 1918. William is buried in Greenside St John's Churchyard Cemetery. The family headstone giving details of the death of William had been damaged beyond repair over a period of time.
Notes : Re-enlisted with the Coldstream Guards, 10th August 1914, having previously enlisted for a period of 3 years, with a further 9 years on the Reserve. Reported as being wounded, 21st April 1915. Transferred to the Royal Engineers, 1st May 1915. William was involved in the retreat from Mons and on his return to England on leave he was presented with a purse of gold by the inhabitants of Crawcrook. This event, held in the Lamb's Arms, Crawcrook, was reported in the Blaydon Courier on the 12th June 1915. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 2005 confirmed plans to erect a war pattern headstone on William's grave and enter his name on the Commemoration Register. The headstone was finally erected in August 2007.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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