Service Number: 5032
Enlisted: 24 January 1916, Bendigo, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rozelle, New South Wales, Australia, 1897
Home Town: Golden Square, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Upholsterer
Died: Killed in Action, Broodseinde Ridge, Belgium, 5 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium, Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bendigo Federated Mining Employees Association No. 1 Bendigo Branch Honor Roll, Bendigo Great War Roll of Honor, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

24 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5032, 7th Infantry Battalion, Bendigo, Vic.
1 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 5032, 7th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Suffolk embarkation_ship_number: A23 public_note: ''
1 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 5032, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Melbourne
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5032, 7th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
5 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5032, 7th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Eldest sister, Florence ARMSTRONG, signed a statutory declaration, 26 January 1922:

'Our mother Annie Armstrong died in May 1919. Our father William Charles Armstrong deserted myself and my little sister, aged 10 years, over 12 months ago and has not since contributed to our support. I have no knowledge of his present whereabouts. My age is eighteen (18) years. My sister and I are the only members of the family. I am sorry to say that my father is a drunkard and I know he would not take care of any medals if handed over to him and in any case, in view of his treatment of my sister and myself, I consider he is not a fit and proper person to hold any mementoes of his deceased son ... ' .

Base Records ruled that Miss Armstrong should receive the medals.

Source: NAA service record