Roderick Avondale Armstrong

First Name: 
Roderick
Middle Name: 
Avondale
Last Name: 
Armstrong
Date of Birth: 
Friday, May 10, 1901
Mother's Name: 
Martha Armstrong nee Cheney
Father's Name: 
John Armstrong
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, January 21, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
35th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, October 21, 1975
Place of Death: 
Concord Hospital, Concord, N.S.W.
Details: 

Roderick Avondale Armstrong (Service No 7192) was desperate to serve. His enlistment documents state he was single, 21 years old, worked as a dental mechanic and listed an aunt in Wollongong, N.S.W., as his next of kin. In fact, he was a 15 year old boy from Wollongong, N.S.W., who left his family and went to Sydney to enlist. As he was 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds he was successful.

Roderick embarked on RMS Osterley, with 1st Battalion, 24th Reinforcement, on 10th February 1917 and arrived in England on 11th April 1917. He joined 35th Battalion, A Company, in France, on 1st August 1917.

Letters on file indicate he had been found out and he was returned to England, for a return to Australia. Roderick returned in February 1918, and was discharged underage on 22nd March 1918. There are no medals listed as issued, but he was accepted for repatriation benefits.

He married Catherine Harrison, in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1920 and they had 2 children.

Roderick died in Concord Hospital on 21 October 1975.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ARMSTRONG R A

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