ARMSTRONG, James Hubert

Service Number: TX3283
Enlisted: 13 June 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia, 1 February 1919
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Timor, Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia, 16 June 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

13 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private, TX3283
13 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Corporal, TX3283, 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion
16 Jun 1943: Involvement Corporal, TX3283, 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Medal for Gallantry

“Corporal James Armstrong showed complete disregard for his own personal safety and enabled a vital position to be secured." 

Commendation for Gallantry

Corporal James Armstrong was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for actions following capture by the Imperial Japanese Army on Dutch Timor during the period 23 February until his execution on or about 12 June 1943. CPL Armstrong participated in an intelligence system within the POW camp, which included him leaving the camp to carry intelligence reports to Portuguese Timor. He is also being honoured separately for actions in Timor as part of Sparrow Force in February 1942. - Defence Force Honours and Awards