John William Armstrong
Private 19233 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 9th Battalion
Enlisted: Sutton-in-Ashfield 11th August 1914
Died of Wounds 28th Sept 1916 : Aged 22
Puchevillers British Cemetery, ref. IV.E.25
Private 19233 John W Armstrong was born 1893. Parents 1892 marriage between miner hewer Mr Albert Armstrong from North Wingfield and Miss Emma Howis from Blackwell offered Tibshelf birthplace for their two eldest sons. Hucknall-under-Huthwaite 1901 census addresses their future family home, given later numbering at 113 McKinley Cottages on Blackwell Road.
John William was eldest of eight born children, all named by 1911 Huthwaite census despite three infant deaths. Heading that Armstrong household is mining father Albert 42, Emma 37 having mothered John William 17 employed as miner hewer and Samuel 15 deaf. Loss of Eurlhet, Elizabeth and Martha came before Huthwaite births of Hartle 7, Walter 4, and Albert 1.
Private John William Armstrong had been employed at Blackwell Colliery up to August 1914 enlistment at Sutton. Joining local Sherwood Foresters Notts & Derbys regiment dates New Years Eve 1915 army posting into the Balkans Theatre of War. Reposting to enter the Somme battlefields is where his 9th battalion were amongst others receiving congratulations fighting over Thiepval Plateau, when victory cost them alone 492 lost comrades through September 1916. Private 19233 Armstrong died of wounds on the 28th, being buried in the nearby Puchevillers British Cemetery, plus honoured listing on the Huthwaite Cenotaph.
News of the death of Private John Wm. Armstrong was received on October 12th. by his parents, who live at 113, McKinley Cottages, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite. Private Armstrong was the eldest son and would have been 23 years of age if he had lived until last Wednesday. His number was 19223, 9th. Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, in which he enlisted just about two years ago, being then employed at Blackwell Colliery. He left this country 13 months ago for Egypt, being subsequently transferred to France, where he met his end. During that period he has not been on leave.