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Frederick Arthur Armstrong

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frederick Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Armstrong AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    578368 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 March 1914 AWMM SeddonMarlborough AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 6 Rose Road, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L. Armstrong (wife), 6 Rose Road, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 February 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Armstrong, Frederick Arthur. (Ref. WO 373/45/401). Military Medal. New Zealand Gazette. January 27 1944. p. 61 36 Battalion. On the 5th of November 1943 Corporal Armstrong as a member of a fighting patrol from his battalion, was acting as a point scout with Sergeant Ilala a native guide, when a Japanese fired at Sergeant Ilala. The native Sergeant's rifle jammed when he tried to return fire, but Corporal Armstrong ran towards the Japanese and shot him at close quarters. The Japanese was not killed, however, and fell down a cliff, and in following him grenades was discovered in a series of caves on the seashore. In the ensuring action in which 10 Japanese were killed and one captured, Corporal Armstrong displayed an absolute disregard for personal safety, and by his courage and leadership inspired his section. One of the enemy was hidden in cave from where he was able to shoot and kill Sergeant Baird. Fire could not be brought to bear on him, and when grenades were thrown into the cave he scooped them out. Corporal Armstrong then took 2 grenades, and, crawling down a cliff to a little edge above the cave, he pulled the pin from the grenade, held it for 3 seconds, and tossed it into the cave. He repeated this with the 2nd grenade, and then jumped in the cave to find the Japanese dead. Had it not been for Corporal Armstrong's action, the casualties suffered by the patrol would, in all possibility, have been heavier. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Storeman/Civilian AWMM
    NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant F. A. Armstrong, MM; Napier; born Seddon, 22 Mar 1914; storeman. (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p.158.)

    'Corporal F. A. Armstrong's initiative in following a wounded Japanese down a cliff-face and tossing grenades into a cave, after a sergeant had been killed by the enemy hiding there, saved the lives of several members of this patrol. The following day a patrol from Steele's company at Soanotalu routed twelve Japanese out of caves and killed them, losing one man killed and four wounded in doing so. The last of the refugees in any number were discovered hiding in caves west of Soanotalu on 8 November by a 29 Battalion patrol, under Lieutenant E. C. Chandler, which destroyed twelve more. Other patrols laboriously searched the caves, water-course, and jungle, picking up a few stragglers, but by 12 November the island was declared clear of the enemy. By that time eight prisoners had been taken and the destruction of 205 Japanese confirmed, the number rising to 223 by end of the month. Allied casualties were: Killed: NZ 40, United States 12, Wounded: NZ 145, United States 29;' (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p. 158.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    2003 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 13 AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.158. AWMM
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