Thomas Selwyn Armstrong (1916 - 1942)

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Thomas Selwyn Armstrong
1916 - 1942
c. 1916
December 5, 1942
Thomas Selwyn Armstrong was born c. 1916, and died at age 25 years old on December 5, 1942. Thomas Armstrong was buried at Port Moresby (bomana) War Cemetery B7. B. 1. in Papua New Guinea. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Selwyn Armstrong.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: nx52154 Rank: Private Regiment: Australian Infantry Unit/ship/squadron: A.i.f. 2/7 Bn.
December 5, 1942
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Thomas Armstrong passed away at age 25 years old on December 5, 1942, and was buried at Port Moresby (bomana) War Cemetery B7. B. 1. in Papua New Guinea. Thomas Selwyn Armstrong was born c. 1916. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Selwyn Armstrong.

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Thomas Selwyn Armstrong lived 45 years shorter than the average Armstrong family member when he died at the age of 26.
The average age of an Armstrong family member is 71.

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In 1916, in the year that Thomas Selwyn Armstrong was born, visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 1924, at the age of just 8 years old, Thomas was alive when Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1929, at the age of just 13 years old, Thomas was alive when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1939, by the time he was 23 years old, on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

In 1942, in the year of Thomas Selwyn Armstrong's passing, from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.


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