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Walter Douglas Armstrong

Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902 Name panel: Armstrong, W.D. - Bottom, O. (photo John Halpin, December 2011). - CC BY John Halpin

Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902 Name panel: Armstrong, W.D. - Bot …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Armstrong AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM London, England AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Walter Armstrong, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Chemist/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Enteric fever AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Walter Armstrong was a highly qualified pharmaceutical chemist at the time he left New Zealand to join a leading pharmacy in London. At the outbreak of the war he applied for a position in the British army as a dispenser. There were a thousand applicants for the ten positions advertised, one of which he secured.

    The date of Trooper Armstrong's death is uncertain, but may have been in May 1900.

    Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure.

    At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1900 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    BloemfonteinSouth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, 5 May 1900 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902 AWMM
    • Whanganui South African War Memorial AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War
    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-south-african-boer-war/introduction
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM

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18 December 2020KevinAucklandResearcher
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