ARMSTRONG, John Archibald
(Service number 55390)
|Aliases||Enlisted as Archibald John ARMSTRONG|
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||8 May 1895||Place of Birth||Blenheim|
|Address at Enlistment||Maungati|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Amy ARMSTRONG (mother), Moore Street, Ashburton|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||28th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||26 July 1917|
|Embarked From||Destination||Plymouth, Devon, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||26 December 1962||Age||67 years|
|Place of Death||Rotorua|
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|New Zealand Memorials|
John Archibald Armstrong was born on 8 May 1895 at Blenheim, the younger son and youngest child of John Thomas and Amelia (née Parker) Armstrong. Although he was born and died John Archibald Armstrong, he enlisted and served as Archibald John Armstrong. In April 1917, Archibald John Armstrong, a teamster, care of J. Shaw, Timaru, was one of 358 names drawn in the ballot for the South Canterbury Military District to fill vacancies in the 30th Reinforcements. He had previously enlisted voluntarily. A ploughman at Maungati, when he enlisted, single and Presbyterian, he named his mother as next- of-kin – Mrs Amy Armstrong, Moore Street, Ashburton.
The South Canterbury quota of the 30th Reinforcement consisting of 58 men, left Timaru on 28 May 1917, but not before they had been given a very hearty send-off at the Drill Shed, and at the Strathallan Street crossing. “The men appeared in the best of spirits,” as they were put through some elementary drill movements. They were addressed by the Mayor and by the Rev. J. H. Rogers. No country in the world possessed such a free Constitution as New Zealand, and in a spirit of determination to uphold it and all that made life worth living, they were going forth to gain the mastery over the enemy, said the Mayor. On this noble mission he wished them luck and a safe return. In going away they would take with them the love, the care and affection of many who would watch anxiously for news of them, and who would ever be solicitous of their welfare, said the Rev. Rogers. Then, headed by the 2nd (S.C.) Regimental Band, they moved off to the station. The train steamed out followed by the cheers of the crowd, and the answering shouts of the departing soldiers. Among the recruits was A. J. Armstrong.
Private A. J Armstrong actually embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment of the 28th Reinforcements, leaving for Plymouth, England by the “Uimaroa” on 26 July 1917. A. J. Armstrong, 55390, returned home by the “Carpentaria” (Draft 247), which was expected at Lyttelton on 17 May 1919.
John Archibald Armstrong died on 26 December 1962 at Rotorua. In 1923 he had married Kathleen Rogers who died in 1975. Archibald’s older brother, Richmond Hamilton Armstrong, also served in the war with the New Zealand Forces.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [05 October 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [12 October 2021]; Timaru Herald, 18 April 1917, 29 May 1917, NZ Times, 3 May 1919 (Papers Past) [04, 08 & 12 October 2021]
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