Alexander Armstrong

First Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Armstrong
Father's Name: 
Alexander Armstrong
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, February 25, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, August 31, 1961
Details: 

Alexander Armstrong (Service No 1882) was born in Helensburgh, N.S.W. around 1896.

At enlistment Alexander was single, 19 years old, and was trained as a tinsmith, and had served 2 years in the Cadets.  He named his father Alexander as next of kin.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A54 Runic with 3rd Reinforcements, 18th Battalion on 9th August 1915.  After arriving in Egypt he was sent to Gallipoli and joined the battalion there on 11th October 1915.

After the evacuation of Gallipoli Alexander was returned to Egypt then sent on to France with 18th Battalion arriving on 25th March 1916.  

Alexander fought at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, and on 5th August 1916 he was admitted to hospital wounded with shell shock.  He returned to his unit on 24th August 1916.

He saw service on the Western Front but had some disciplinary issues that saw him in prison in France during 1917.

On 8th August 1918 he was wounded in action a second time and admitted to hospital in England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his foot.

Alexander was returned to Australia in January 1919 and discharged medically unfit on 24th June 1919.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ARMSTRONG A

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