Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Captain William Maurice Armstrong M.C., 10th (Prince of Wales' Own Royal) Hussars, was killed in action at Monchy le Preux in France.
His parents’ only son, he was educated at Stoke House Preparatory School in Stoke Poges, and Eton College. He attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1910, and went on to serve with his regiment in India and South Africa. In 1914 he transferred from his post in Potchefstroom in Africa to the Cavalry School at Netheravon in Somerset.
At the outbreak of the Great War Captain Armstrong was sent to France attached to the staff of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade. In June of 1915 he went to Gallipoli and served under Major-General Beauvoir de Lisle during the evacuation of Suvla and Helles. Major-Geneal de Lisle wrote of him after his death, “He was so absolutely fearless, he was bound to be hit sooner or later, but I had always hoped it would be to be wounded only….he will never be forgotten”.
In February of 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross and four times Mentioned in Despatches before returning to France the following month. Captain Armstrong had just been recommended for the Distinguished Service Order when he was killed while on front-line duty near Arras. He wrote home, in diary form, consistently, and sent his father beech nuts and Gallipoli oak nuts, which his father cultivated, and which still grow in his former home in Thurles, County Tipperary. He lies buried in the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery at Arras in France. On his headstone are the words, “Not lost, but gone before”.
William, born in Chaffpool, Co. Sligo, was 27 years old.