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1200   Private Thomas Armstrong
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/05/1885
Died: 06/11/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Summary      
Thomas Armstrong was the son of Thomas Galbraith Armstrong and Sarah Jane Armstrong, of Benburb, Moyard, Co. Tyrone. Thomas Armstrong moved to Scotland. He joined the Glasgow Police. He was married to Isabella Armstrong and they lived at 1616. Maryhill Rd., Maryhill, Glasgow. Thomas Armstrong enlisted with 1st battalion of the Irish Guards.Private Thomas Armstrong died on 6th November 1914, aged 29.
Further Information
Thomas Armstrong was the son of Thomas Galbraith Armstrong and Sarah Jane Armstrong (nee Nelson). Thomas was born in Clonfeacle, County Tyrone on 18th May 1885.
The 1901 census does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 1 in Moyard, Benburb, County Tyrone. His father was a farmer.
The 1911 census does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 7 in Moyard, Benburb, County Tyrone.
Family: Galbraith Armstrong, Sarah Armstrong, Emily Armstrong (born 27th November 1880), Robert Armstrong (born 25th July 1882), Thomas Armstrong (born 18th May 1885), Galbraith Armstrong (born 16th December 1888), James Armstrong (born 21st July 1892).
Thomas Armstrong was a reservist with the Irish Guards.
Thomas moved to Scotland and was a member of the Glasgow police force at the outbreak of the war. Thomas Armstrong joined the 1st battalion of the Irish Guards.
Medal card
Thomas was married to Isabella Armstrong.
Thomas Armstrong enlisted with 1st battalion of the Irish Guards.
Private Thomas Armstrong was reported as wounded and missing at the Battle of Mons.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 13th May 1916:
Newspaper report
Mr Galbraith Armstrong, Moyard, Benburb, is still without any information regarding the whereabouts of his son, Private Thomas Armstrong, Irish Guards, who was reported as wounded and missing at the Battle of Mons. Private Armstrong was a reservist of that regiment and was a member of the Glasgow police force at the outbreak of the war.
It was later confirmed that Private Thomas Armstrong, who was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards was killed in action on 6th November 1914, aged 29.
Private Thomas Armstrong has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 11 of the Menin Gate in Ypres.
Private Thomas Armstrong is commemorated on two separate Glasgow Police War Memorials, both of which now reside in Glasgow Police Museum.
Private Thomas Armstrong - Glasgow Police War Memorial
Glasgow Police War Memorial
Private Thomas Armstrong - Glasgow Police War Memorial
The CWGC record Private Thomas Armstrong as the son of Thomas Galbraith Armstrong and Sarah Jane Armstrong, of Benburb, Moyard, Co. Tyrone. He is also recorded as the husband of the late Isabella Armstrong, of 1616. Maryhill Road, Maryhill, Glasgow.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moyard, Benburb Benburb Census listing in Moyard, Benburb 54.410339 -6.731715
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
27/11/1880 B Armstrong Emily Sibling U/1880/106/1012/7/37
25/07/1882 B Armstrong Robert Sibling U/1882/106/1012/7/201
18/05/1885 B Armstrong Thomas Casualty U/1885/106/1012/7/438
16/12/1888 B Armstrong Galbraith Sibling U/1889/106/1012/8/277
21/07/1892 B Armstrong James Sibling U/1892/106/1012/9/132
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Armstrong family Does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 1 in Moyard, Benburb
2 1911 Census lists Armstrong family Does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 7 in Moyard, Benburb, Tyrone
3 Forum Discussion (SMRG) Photo of Glasgow Police War Memorial (1)
4 Glasgow Police Museum War Dead Photos of two memorials with Thomas Armstrong inscribed.
5 Glasgow Police War Memorial Photo of Glasgow Police War Memorial (2)
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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