Arthur Rex (Rex) ARMSTRONG



Service Number: 5650
Enlisted: 19 January 1916, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lane Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 17 May 1897
Home Town: Lane Cove, Lane Cove, New South Wales
Schooling: North Sydney Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Cerebro spinal meningitis, On board ship HMAT A55 Kyarra, United Kingdom, 2 July 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at sea near Durban, South Africa. Listed on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, England, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Commercial Banking Company of Sydney WW1 Honour Roll, East Killara North Sydney Technical High School WW1 Honour Board, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Longueville Public School WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
3 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5650, 4th Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5650, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 2nd July .... Private Arthur Rex Armstrong was born in Sydney, NSW on 1897. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 19th January, 1916 as an 18 year old Bank Clerk. Arthur’s brother Alexander Boswell Armstrong, Clerk, aged 28 years, also enlisted the same day.

Private Arthur Rex Armstrong & his older brother Private Alexander Boswell Armstrong both embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Kyarra (A55) on 3rd June, 1916 with the 4th Infantry Battalion, 18th Reinforcements.

Private Arthur Rex Armstrong was admitted to Ship’s Hospital on 2nd July, 1916 – cause N.Y.D. (not yet determined).

Private Arthur Rex Armstrong died on 2nd July, 1916 on board Troopship HMAT Kyarra from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis

Private Arthur Rex Armstrong was buried at Sea near Durban, South Africa, from Troopship HMAT Kyarra on 2nd July, 1916. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

[Older Brother - Private Alexander Boswell Armstrong was killed in action near Lagnicourt on 15th April, 1917. Remembered on Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France as he has no known grave.]

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



4 Battalion

Rank - Private

Medal: British War Medal

Son of Alexander Boswell and Mary S  Armstrong, 189 Lane Cove Road, North Sydney, New South Wales. Rex was the brother of Alexander Boswell Armstrong (No 5649) who was killed in action near Lagnicourt 17 April 1917; Brother to Kathleen(Kit), Lydia, Constance, Stan(Nunc), Roy, William, Olive Armstrong.