Donald Goldsmith ARMSTRONG


ARMSTRONG, Donald Goldsmith

Service Number: 2932
Enlisted: 22 June 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Kyneton, Victoria, 29 June 1893
Home Town: Kyneton, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Schooling: Kyneton Grammar School & Scotch College, Melbourne,
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kyneton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
10 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2932, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2932, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of Victoria, Melbourne
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion, Battle of Poelcapelle

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Son of Henry James and Emma Isabel ARMSTRONG

Enlisted May 1915 and embarked with the 9th Reinforcements, 5th Battalion on 10 September.  He landed in France in April 1916 and was transferred to the Machine Gun Section in the following month.

In August he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and transferred to the 21st Battalion in February 1917.  In April of that year he attended an Officer's Training School at Cambridge, and received his commisttion on 2nd August 1917.  Two months later he was killed in action at Broodseinde on 9th October 1917

"...Second Lieutenant Donald Goldsmith Armstrong, 21st Battalion of Kyneton, Victoria. A bank clerk prior to enlistment, he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Star of Victoria (A16) on 10 September 1915, as a Private with the service number 2932. Promoted to Second Lieutenant, he was killed in action on 9 October 1917 at Broonseinde, Belgium, aged 24. He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium." - SOURCE (