Sergeant David Armstrong


David Armstrong was born on 21 June 1889 at Ballyleck, Scotstown, Monaghan, the eighth child (at least) of farm labourer David Armstrong and his wife Margaret Jane (nee Scott). By 1911 he was living with his father and two siblings at Killatten, Scotstown.

Armstrong enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 23 February and 30 April 1912 (No.695 – later Corps of Hussars No. 71075). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne. He remained with the regiment for much of the war.

In February and March 1918 the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, including A Squadron, was dismounted and converted to a cyclist regiment, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps for the remainder of the war. This meant a 25 per cent reduction in the regiment's numbers, and it is likely that this was the time that Armstrong was transferred to the 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars, then the 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars.

He was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 17 March 1919.