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Armstrong, W., Pte., 1916
In Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres is the Commonwealth War Grave of 22352 Private Wilfred Armstrong, serving with the Machine-Gun Section, 15th (Service) Battalion Durham Light Infantry who died 26/01/1916.

Wilfred or 'Wilf' Armstrong was born at Wheatley Hill, Durham, on the 15th February 1895, 4th and eldest son of William Armstrong, of 1 Weardale Street, Wheatley Hill, Mason, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of James Allen.

He was educated at the County Council Boys School, and was employed at the Wheatley Hill Coal Mine as a Wagon Wayman.

He enlisted on the 1st December 1914 and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the 11th September 1915.

Wilfred took part in the Battle of Loos, but was killed in action at Armentieres on the 26th January 1916.

Buried at Cite Bonjean. He was unmarried.

His Captain had written:- He was such a bright and cheery lad, and his loss is greatly felt by all of the machine-gun section. "and a comrade" He was admired by all in the company, and especially by those of his own platoon and machine-gun section: as a machine gunner he was unequalled.

De Ruvigny Roll of Honour

He is remembered at Wheatley Hill on W114.02, W114.03 and W114.06

The CWGC entry for Private Armstrong

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