Armstrong, William John (Private, b.1894 - d.1918)

Unit 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number 1DRL/0060
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Armstrong, William John
Place made Belgium, France, United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire, Larkhill
Date made 1916-1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/534
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to service of 6276 Private William John Armstrong, 24 Battalion, Lark Hill, England, Belgium and France, 1916-1918. Collection includes a diary with brief entries covering Armstrong's active service in France and Belgium, newspaper cuttings from Victorian newspapers and seven photographs.

History / Summary

Diary has colourful hand drawn decorations using Australian motifs; a Mizpah prayer, and an inscription for the diary to be returned to Miss I. G. Macklan, Whitfield via Wangaratta, VIC. Diary mentions Armstrong writing to Irene (presumed to be I. G. Macklan) and the death of Albert, presumed to be Albert James Macklan, 59 Battalion, who died in France, 26 April 1918. A newscutting relates also to Albert Macklan's enlistment and another clipping to the Macklan Family's outing and theft of their horse bridles.

Biographical note: 6276 Private William John Armstrong, 24 Battalion, Australian Infantry. Killed in action, France, 31 August 1918. Age 24. Son of Donald A. Armstrong, of Rubra, 60 Mont Albert Rd., Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia, and the late Miriam A. Armstrong. Born at North Carlton, Victoria.