Royton Roll of Honour

John's inscription at Tyne Cot

On August 16th 1917 the battalion were involved in the Battle of Langermarck which was one of the great offensive pushes during the Battle of Paschendaele. John Armstrong and fellow Roytoner John Lord were both killed in action that day along with many others from the battalion. The 11th Manchester's recorded 57 dead, 174 wounded and 20 missing that day.

Battle of Langemarck. British troops moving forward over shell-torn ground ,16th August 1917 © IWM (Q 2708)

Date of Death:16/08/1917
Rank: Private
Service No:3052
Regiment: Manchester Regiment
Unit:11th Bn.
Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 121A

The men of the 11th Manchesters who died alongside Armstrong that day were:

AKID R 33964 from Manchester
BALL SJ 41232 from Liverpool
BELL J 49607 Q COY  from Greenacres
BITHELL TP 15956 from Ince
BRADWELL D 36608  from Gorton 
BRILEY JE 47321 from Shaw
BURTON H 33359  27 years old,from Oldham
BUTLER H 276710 from Eccles
CAMPBELL W 41241  from Collyhurst
CONVILLE C 29892 from Middlesbrough 
DANIELS T 16405 from Oldham Road,Manchester
DARBY NL - 5TH BN  23 years old,from Stourbridge
DAVISON H 38055 from Denton
DAWSON RC 49662 from Marple
DEELEY JH 5357 25 years old, from Flixton
DEMPSEY EF 12313 23 years old,from Harpurhey
DODDS J 276082 27 years old,from Miles Platting
DONNELLY H 36003 32 years old,from Blackley
FORD H 41114 26 years old, from Tamworth
GALLEY J 3685 33 years old,from Miles Platting
GOODEN TH 23265 from Salford
HALL W 19135 from Moston
HALL W 3797 23 years old,from Failsworth
HANDLEY AE 16953 from Manchester
HILDITCH A 41326 35 years old,from Macclesfield
HOLT W - 12TH BN  28 years old,from Nelson
HOWARTH J 3058 from Failsworth
KEATLEY H 47290 26 years old,from Altrincham
LAWLER T 23568 from Rochdale
LORD JT 38140 from Royton
MANN JJ 201344 from Worsley
MARR G 252042 19 years old,from Chorlton-cum-Hardy
MASSEY J 276895 22 years old,from Collyhurst
MCCORKELL CP 47343 26 years old,from Chorlton-on-Medlock
PEET P 24847 29 years old,from Pemberton
POOLE T 24624 23 years old,from Huddersfield
PYBUS H 41143 31 years old,from Sheffield
ROONEY A 254 28 years old,from Salford
SAUNDERS S 868 29 years old,from Gosport
SMITH E 47283 from Ardwick
SOUTHERN J 27685 from Hulme
STONEHEWER AJR 12463 from Salford
STOTT WA 250360 24 years old,from Marple
STRINGFELLOW N 24470 from Pendleton
WALLEY J 32897 from Failsworth

John Armstrong's name on the memorial within St.Paul's church.Courtesy of Mike Berrell

After John's death the Oldham Chronicle reprinted a letter his mother received from a lieutenant in his battalion
"Private Armstrong always worked with a ready willingness and great energy under all conditions, and paid the supreme sacrifice whilst going nobly into action. He was always a sport, and we shall miss him dearly."

John Armstrong was born in Royton on June 12th 1894, the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann. He had two younger sisters, Violet and Sarah Ellen. At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 3 Whittaker Street in Royton Before enlisting John was a piecer at the Parkside Mill. The Armstrongs later moved to 3 Sand Hole (where John James Hilton had lived earlier in his life)
Armstrong enlisted on August 10th 1914, joining the freshly formed 11th Manchester's. Armstrong would have left Liverpool along with the rest of the battalion on June 30th 1915 and headed to the eastern Mediterranean before before landing under fire at Suvla Bay, Gallipolli on August 6th 1916. After taking part in several battles in the ultimately futile campaign  the 11th evacuated from Gallipolli and headed to Egypt where they spent six months. In July 1916 they headed back to the war, this time to France.