Thomas William Armstrong (1907 - 1943)

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Thomas William Armstrong
1907 - 1943
c. 1907
July 20, 1943
Thomas William Armstrong was born c. 1907, and died at age 35 years old on July 20, 1943. Thomas Armstrong was buried at Catania War Cemetery Sicily in Italy. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas William Armstrong.
Updated: July 24, 2019
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Service number: 2349086 Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment: Royal Corps Of Signals Unit/ship/squadron: H.q. 121 Line Sec.
July 20, 1943
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Catania War Cemetery Sicily in Italy
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Thomas William Armstrong lived 35 years shorter than the average Armstrong family member when he died at the age of 36.
The average age of an Armstrong family member is 71.

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1907 - 1943 World Events

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In 1907, in the year that Thomas William Armstrong was born, the second Hague peace conference was called by Russia in the Netherlands. While nothing was settled regarding the matter of peace among nations, many resolutions were passed (and accepted by many nations) about the conventions of war - especially the protection of noncombatants.

In 1910, at the age of only 3 years old, Thomas was alive when the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. U.S. publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting England when he became lost in the London fog. An unknown Boy Scout helped him find his way out, declining a tip (he said that he was a Boy Scout and was doing his good deed for the day). Boyce was so impressed that he incorporated the Boy Scouts of America when he returned home. Its purpose was "to teach boys patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values."

In 1921, at the age of merely 14 years old, Thomas was alive when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1937, by the time he was 30 years old, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1943, in the year of Thomas William Armstrong's passing, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.


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