The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Armstrong
First Name:
Francis
Nick Name:
Frank
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX7717
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
DOB:
21.08.1912
Place of Birth:
Boulder, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Francis Armstrong
Mothers's Name:
Catherine Armstrong
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Millhand
Memorial:
Labuan War Cemetery, Plot Q, Row AA, Grave 14, Age 31.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Java:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
1467
Cause of Death:
Duodenal Ulcer
Place of Death:
Sandakan No.1 Camp
Date of Death:
30.07.1942

General Description

Frank was the youngest of four sons and 7 daughters born to parents Thomas Francis Armstrong and Catherine Matilda Maxted who were married in Boulder in 1903.

Frank’s father served in WW1, enlisting in October 1915 aged 37 years.  At the time of his enlistment, Thomas Francis Armstrong was married with 6 children and residing in Boulder.  Frank would have been just a few years old.

Frank and his brothers attended Boulder School, and as can be imagined, they got into and out of many scrapes and escapades!

Thomas Armstrong returned to WA from France in June 1919 having served with the 4th Australian Divisional Ammunition
Column in Europe. He took up land south of Margaret River and moving his family from Boulder.   With his four grown -up and strong sons, Thomas cleared the virgin land.

First class bushmen and horse-riders, the four sons moved around WA seeking work.

Prior to enlisting, Frank was working as a mill hand at Witchcliffe.

 

Armstrong Frank (Left) at family event.
Armstrong Frank (Left) at family event.

 

Armstrong, Frank enlistment photograph
Armstrong, Frank enlistment photograph

 

L-R Armstrong F, Solly J Oct 1941
L-R Armstrong F, Solly J Oct 1941

 

Armstrong Francis
Frank Armstrong

Wounded in action North Lim Chu Kang Road on the west coast of Singapore on 9.2.1942. Admitted to the 2/ 10th Australian General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right arm. Discharged to unit on 22.2.1942.

Following surrender by the Allies to Japan, the 8th Division became Prisoners of War of Japan.  He was accommodated at Selarang and would have worked in various parts of Singapore with different work Parties.

He was selected with ‘B’ Force to sail to Borneo. Read about ‘B’ Force.

Read the story, Frank Armstrong first tragedy at Sandakan and Korean and Formosan guards.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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