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Armstrong Robert Wesley

The 1901 Census of Canada tells us that the Armstrong family were living in the District of Nipissing, Ontario.The household consisted of Head, John Armstrong, 49,  born 31/12/1851 in Ireland, occupation Farmer. His wife, Mary Armstrong, 35 years of age, their children, Thomas E. 16, Cathrin, 14, Reuben J. 14, and  Robert Wesley 9.

Unfortunately I cannot find the family or Robert Wesley on the 1911 Census of Canada.

Private 3040679, Robert Wesley Armstrong was drafted into Military Service. His Attestation Papers from the Library of Canada show that he enlisted at The Niagra Camp, Ontario on 4th September 1918 aged 21 yrs. 11 months. His papers state that he had previously enlisted for 7 months in the Royal Flying Corp.  He was an Electrician  and Phono Operator by trade. His address was given as New Liskeard, Ontario and he names his mother Mary Armstrong as N.O.K. address Box 646 New Liskeard, Ontario.

Robert left Canada on S.S. Durham Castle (See Note below) and arrived in England on 25/9/1918. He was transferred to 12th Battalion Canadian Infantry on arrival and unfortunately contracted Influenza while at Kinmel Park Camp. He was admitted to the Military Hospital as dangerously ill on 18/10/1918 and unfortunately died the following day.

Note 1. History of SS Durham Castle From Wikipedia

Built by Fairfield  Shipbuilding and Engineering CompanyGovanDurham Castle was launched on 17 December 1903, as the sister ship of RMS Dover Castle. She served the Cape of Good Hope to Mombasa service from 1910, and continued in commercial service during the First World War, with occasional troopship duties.

Robert was buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan, North Wales.

He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. 


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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