Armstrong, Albert & Leonard

Inscriptions

Their names were recorded on the Bitterne War Memorial and the Southampton Cenotaph
Leonards name was also found in the Highfield School headteachers log listed as an old boy, lost during World War 1. See Highfield School Roll of Honour.

Other Information

Birth registered for Albert Harry Armstrong, Jan-Mar 1889, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 58.

Birth registered for Leonard Armstrong, Apr-Jun 1891, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 60.

In the 1891 census, the family were living at Old Portswood, South Stoneham. 
William (b.1857, Donegal, Ireland) was a railway coal porter and his wife was Mary (b.1857, Hursley, Hampshire). They had 3 children; Maggie (b.1885, Southampton), Albert H. (b.1889, Southampton) and Leonard (b.1891, Southampton). Maggie was in school.
Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 926; Folio 119; Page 48; GSU roll: 6096036.

In 1901, the family were living at Suffolk Cottage, Brooklyn Road, Portswood. William was a labourer. Maggie was not present.
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1070; Folio: 68; Page: 10.

In the 1911 census he was living at 29 Suffolk Cottage, Belgrave Road, Portswood with his parents. The cottage had 6 rooms. This implies that Brooklyn Road had changed its name to Belgrave Road. 
The census showed that they had 7 children in total, of whom 3 had survived. Leonard was working as a pastry cook for Lowmans (a well known local bakers) and his father was a labourer.

Leonard Armstrong (service number G/3087) served as a Sergeant and Acting Sergeant in the 8th Battalion of the Queens Regiment (Royal west Surrey Regiment). His medal card shows he entered France on 31 August 1915 and was awarded the British, Victory Medal and the 1915 Star. He was killed in action and died on 21 August 1918. Leonard was one of 100 killed when his battalion ‘went over the top’ during a skirmish for the road into Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme.

Marriage registered for Albert H. Armstrong to Olive M. Harding, Apr-Jun 1915, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 173.

Death registered for Albert H. Armstrong (aged 29), Oct-Dec 1918, Winchester, Vol. 2c, page 344

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Birth, Marriage & Death records obtained from Freebmd.org.uk.
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