Corporal David George Armstrong



David George Armstrong, from near Sixmilecross, Omagh, County Tyrone, was born on 14 December 1892, son of farmer Andrew Armstrong and his wife Margaret (nee Kyle).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse in March 1914 (No.918 - later Corps of Hussars 71158).

Armstrong Embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and Advance to the Aisne.The squadron then moved to St Omer, where it worked as escort and bodyguard to the commander in chief General French until January 1916.

A Squadron was attached to the 55th Division as divisonal cavalry from January to May 1916. It then joined with D and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX and then V Corps until February 1918. The regiment was then dismounted and converted to cyclists, attached to V Corps as its corp cyclist regiment for the remainder of the war.

Armstrong was by then a corporal. He was photographed with A Squadron at Vignacourt in France in December 1918 or January-February 1919 (above - back row). The full image can be seen here.

He was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on 11 February 1919.


I am grateful to Linda Brown for helping identify this image of her grandfather.