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Armstrong, Charles Arthur (1873-1915)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.

 

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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

Details: Charles Arthur Armstrong (1873-1915), born 5 May 1873, only son of Major-General Charles Armstrong (Bengal Staff Corps), Southsea, Hampshire. Married to Evelyn Denison Richards (daughter of Major-General Charles Richards, Indian Army) and had one son, Charles Arthur John Armstrong (b. 1909).

 

Attended Grove House School, Boxgrove, Guildford.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) January 1888-December 1889.

 

Attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

 

10 October 1894, gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, and promoted Lieutenant on 20 December 1895, Captain on 12 May 1900, Brevet Major on 26 June 1902, Substantive Major on 14 October 1914, and appointed to the Command of the 2nd Battalion of the regiment in June 1915 with the rank of Lt.-Col. He served throughout the South African War 1899-1902; was Commandant at Kralpan from 27 February 1901, and Adjutant 5th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, 20 June 1901 to 31 May 1902; took part in the operations in the Transvaal, February 1901 to 31 May 1902 (mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette, 17 June 1902); Brevet of Major; Queen's Medal with three clasps; King's Medal with three clasps; and was then transferred to the 2nd Battalion, with which he served until 15 October 1913, when he was appointed Adjutant of the Officer's Training Corps, Belfast (attd. General Staff), a post he held until the outbreak of war. He was then appointed to train the 8th Service Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers.

 

WW1, Lieutenant-Colonel in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and in Command, 8th (S.) Bn. Went to France in June 1915 to command the 2nd Battalion. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos in France on 1 October 1915.

 

Commemorated at:

Vermelles British Cemetery www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/250951/ARMSTRONG,%20C...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour.

 

During the short time he was in command of the 2nd Battalion he gained the highest praise and admiration of all, and numerous letters received by his widow tell how much he was beloved, and "that his most excellent work had been appreciated and noted for due reward and promotion, had he but lived through the Battle of Loos."

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