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Roy Clarence Armstrong

In memory of:

Private Roy Clarence Armstrong

October 30, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

874936

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

78th Bn.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 193 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Inscription on Menin Gate Memorial– Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Roy Clarence Armstrong– Roy Clarence Armstrong in 1916, an underage soldier. He enlisted just after his 17th birthday. His life is profiled in this November 7, 2014 feature by CBC titled: ‘No job for a boy’: WW I through eyes of a Canadian teen soldier'

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/no-job-for-a-boy-ww-i-through-eyes-of-a-canadian-teen-soldier-1.2827448
https://www.canadianletters.ca/collections/all/collection/20773/doc/223
  • Photo of Roy Clarence Armstrong– Roy Clarence Armstrong (far lower left) with members of the 184th Battalion during training at Camp Hughes in Manitoba.
  • Letter– Roy Clarence Armstrong. Letter home to his mother. 
Source: The Canadians Letters and Images Project. 
https://www.canadianletters.ca/collections/all/collection/20773/doc/223
  • Letter– Roy Clarence Armstrong. 'Whiz bang' postcard home to his mother. 

Nicknamed "whiz bangs" after light-calibre German shells that arrived with little warning, these field service postcards provided an easy way for soldiers to keep in touch with loved ones. Writers scratched out phrases that were not applicable and were warned that any additional information would result in the card's destruction by military censors. 

Source: The Canadians Letters and Images Project. 
https://www.canadianletters.ca/collections/all/collection/20773/doc/223
  • Photo of Roy Clarence Armstrong– Roy Clarence Armstrong and William Cox Reg # 216636 in France. Roy referred to Bill as his sidekick, and they were good friends, even though there was 10 years between the two. They died on the same day in the same battle, and both their names are on the Menin Gate.
  • Cenotaph– Roy Clarence Armstrong name appears on the Cenotaph in Saltcoats Saskatchewan in Roy's hometown. The memorial commemorates Roy's sacrifice as well as 78 other men from the town who died in WW1. 
(Picture dated April.1990)

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