Lance Corporal W. J. Armstrong

 

The background of this man is not known at present, other than that he was from Dungannon or the surrounding district.

W. J. Armstrong enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron on or around 31 October 1914 (No. UD/78). According to a report in the Mid-Ulster Mail of 7 November:

Enthusiastic scenes were witnessed at Dungannon railway station on Monday morning, when six local members of the Ulster Volunteer Force left for Enniskillen to join the extra service squadron of the Royal Inniskilling Dragoons. They were Messrs. Jack Newell, Randall McManus, and Sandy Williamson, A Company, Dungannon Battalion U.V.F., and Messrs. W. J. Armstrong, Garnet Irwin, and Alexander Watt, of B Company. A very large crowd of friends and well-wishers had assembled to give them a hearty send-off, and as the train left the station loud cheers were raised and detonators exploded.

On 3 October 1915 Armstrong embarked for France with his squadron, which was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division. In June 1916 the Inniskilling squadron joined C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry. Armstrong, however, was one of fourteen of the regiment who just prior to that (on 18 July) were transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No. P/12044). He remained with the military police until the end of the war.

On 10 July 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.