On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
William Kingo Armstrong: 11th April
Student, Municipal School of Technology Manchester.
Captain, South Lancashire Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Killed in action.
Captain WILLIAM KINGO ARMSTRONG, S. Lancashire Regiment, was born at Eccles, Manchester, on 22nd November 1891.
He received his early education at St. Anne’s-on-Sea, afterwards entering the Manchester Grammar School, and on leaving in 1907 he became a student at the Manchester School of Technology.
Subsequently be became a pupil at the works of the British Westinghouse Co., remaining with that firm for eighteen months, and would have received his diplomas from the University at the end of his two years’ studies if the War had not broken out. For five years he had been a member of the O.T.C. at the University, and prior to the War had passed the examination for a lieutenant.
Early in the first week of the War he accepted a Commission in the South Lancashire Regiment, and served with the Regiment until his death in action, in France, on 11th April 1918, at the age of twenty-six. In the action in which he fell, his Commanding Officer was killed, and the Major was dangerously wounded. Captain Armstrong was in command of the advance companies, but the Portuguese troops having been driven out of their trenches, the whole force of the enemy was directed against his Regiment, which fought in the open for three days, and nearly all of them perished.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1913.
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