Armstrong Robert Wesley

The 1901 Census of Canada tells us that the Armstrong family was living in the District of Nipissing, Ontario.The household consisted of Head, John Armstrong, 49,  born 31st December 1851 in Ireland His occupation was Farmer. His wife, Mary Armstrong was 35 years of age.  Their  listed children were 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 named his mother Mary Armstrong as his Next Of Kin.  her address was  Box 646 New Liskeard, Ontario.

Robert left Canada on S.S. Durham Castle (See Note below) and arrived in England on the  25th September 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 the  18th October 1918 and unfortunately died the following day.

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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