2nd Lt. Henry James Armstrong, Royal Irish Fusiliers

1895 Sep 6 Born Lisnaskea, Fermanagh

1901 census at Stranfeely, Deerpark, Fermanagh

1911 census at Deerpark, Fermanagh

1912 Oct/Nov . He enlisted in the North Irish Horse in October or November (No.751 – later Corps of Hussars No.71092).

On the outbreak of war he was mobilised and joined A Squadron. In the following months the squadron served during the Retreat from Mons and Advance to the Aisne. A letter he wrote home at the time was published in the Belfast News-Letter of 10 December 1914:

1914 Aug 17. Landed in France. with North Irish Horse

Later that year A Squadron moved to St Omer, where it remained until January 1916 as escort and bodyguard to the commander-in-chief General French. At some point during the war Armstrong was mentioned in despatches, and rose to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2.

1918 Oct 30. R Irish Fus. The undermentioned, from Officer Cadet Units, to be 2nd Lts.: — Henry James Armstrong in 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

1919 Sep 3 married Maggie Armstrong at Cootehill

1920 Apr 1. The undermentioned relinquish their commns.3rd R. Ir. Fus.—2nd Lt. H. J. Armstrong, and retains the rank of 2nd Lt.

1920 Sep 1. Joined ADRIC with service no 514. E Coy

1921 Mar 18 to 1 Apr on Leave

1921 Jul 15 to 28 Jul on Leave

He was fined £2 by Coy Commander (undated)

1921 Oct 6 to 19 Oct on Leave

1921 Aug 12. Re-engaged

1922 Jan 19 Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC

1975 Feb 12 died at Bangor, co, Down, Northern Ireland