2nd Lieutenant Henry Tottenham Armstrong, MID


Henry Armstrong was born on 28 October 1897 at Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone, the son of farmer Henry Tottenham Armstrong and Elizabeth Armstrong.

He enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron on 10 November 1914 (No.162), going to France on 6 October 1915 with the squadron, which was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division.

On 14 January 1916 he was fined 7 days pay for neglect of duty when room orderly. On 15 May 1917 he was severely reprimanded for “when on active service [being] drunk on the line of march”.

In June 1916 Armstrong’s squadron became part of the newly-formed 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. In September 1917 the regiment was dismounted and absorbed into the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Armstrong was transferred to the battalion (No.41122) and posted to A Company.

He applied for a commission and on 2 December 1917 was posted to No.7 Officer Cadet Battalion at Fermoy, reporting for duty on 8 February 1918. He was commissioned and posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, on 26 June 1918.

The following month he was seconded for flight training at the RAF’s School of Aeronautics, Reading, remaining there until April 1919. He then served with the 8th North Russian Rifles in the campaign against the Bolsheviks.

During the war (date unknown) he was mentioned in despatches.

Armstrong relinquished his commission on 9 October 1919. He died in Belfast on 19 December 1985, aged 88.