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  • Frederick Cameron Armstrong was born and raised in Keewatin, Ontario.

    His father, Francis (Frank) Henry Armstrong had come to the community in the late 1880s along with his brother William from the Otonabee area of Ontario to work at the Keewatin flour mill. Their father Martin Armstrong had been born in Ireland and their mother Catherine in Ontario.

    Frank Armstrong married Mary Emma (Mamie) Cameron on Nov. 23, 1891 in Keewatin and the couple raised a family of three girls and two boys — Annie Catherine (born Sept. 21, 1892), Frederick Cameron (Jan. 12, 1894), Beaulah Isabell (April 10, 1898), Amy Ruth (Nov. 10, 1903) and Francis Henry, Jr. (June 21, 1907). By 1901 Frank Armstrong held the position of foreman in the stave department at the Lake of the Woods Milling Company plant in Keewatin.

    When war broke out Frederick Cameron Armstrong was among the early enlistees with the local militia unit, the 98th Regiment, which was raising troops for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was listed in the local newspaper with a number of other men from Kenora and Keewatin published in October of 1914. He signed attestation papers for overseas duty with the CEF on May 25, 1915 and was assigned to the 52nd Battalion being formed in the region. He trained with the battalion in Kenora, Port Arthur and Valcartier, and shipped overseas to England with the battalion in November 1915 aboard the SS California. The battalion arrived in France in February 1916 as part of the 9th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division.

    After eight months in the field Frederick Armstrong developed a hernia, a not uncommon medical condition in the army brought on by the physical demands of soldiering. Two operations in England to correct the problem were unsuccessful and Armstrong declined the offer of a third attempt. He was shipped home to Canada, arriving back in Keewatin in July of 1917 and after a further five months at a convalescent hospital in Winnipeg was discharged from the army on Dec. 31, 1917 as unfit for further service.

    While his injury had been serious enough to warrant a medical discharge, it was not debilitating and Frederick Armstrong returned to his prewar work as a stenographer (clerk), taking a position at the Lake of the Woods Milling Co..

    On Sept. 16, 1918 Frederick Armstrong was initiated into the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge 417 Keewatin, and a month later he died. Having survived the battlefields of Europe, Frederick Armstrong fell victim to the influenza pandemic that began sweeping the globe during the last year of the war.

    His death registration gives the official cause of death as pneumonia as a complication of influenza. He died Oct. 23, 1918 after five days of illness and was interred at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in a family plot which would later included his father (who died in 1935), his mother (1954) and his sister Anne Catherine (1960).

    While Frederick Armstrong wasn’t an official fatal casualty of the war, the town of Keewatin included him in their list of the war dead in a community service held in 1919 and his name was included as one of those “who fell in the Great War”, rather than among “those who served” on a community plaque the milling company commissioned to honour employees and community members who’d enlisted in service to their country.

    by Bob Stewart

    photos: courtesy of Marnie Karlberg

    Frederick Armstrong

    Frederick Armstrong

    Frederick with the Hanson brothers

    Frederick with the Hanson brothers

    Armstrong family home

    Armstrong family home

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 2

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 2

    Kenora Miner and News 16 June 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 16 June 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 8 December 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 8 December 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 1 August 1917

    Kenora Miner and News 1 August 1917

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News 9 August 1919

    Kenora Miner and News 9 August 1919

    In Loving Memory Side 2

    In Loving Memory Side 2

    In Loving Memory sid1

    In Loving Memory sid1

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Milling Company Roll of Honour

    Lake of the Woods Milling Company Roll of Honour

     

  • Regimental Number:
  • 439278
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: Francis (Frank) Henry Armstrong, Keewatin
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • January 12, 1894
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Hardware Clerk
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • October 1, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • October 23, 1918
  • Age at Death:
  • 24
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 10E-36-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Frederick Cameron Armstrong was born and raised in Keewatin, Ontario.

    His father, Francis (Frank) Henry Armstrong had come to the community in the late 1880s along with his brother William from the Otonabee area of Ontario to work at the Keewatin flour mill. Their father Martin Armstrong had been born in Ireland and their mother Catherine in Ontario.

    Frank Armstrong married Mary Emma (Mamie) Cameron on Nov. 23, 1891 in Keewatin and the couple raised a family of three girls and two boys — Annie Catherine (born Sept. 21, 1892), Frederick Cameron (Jan. 12, 1894), Beaulah Isabell (April 10, 1898), Amy Ruth (Nov. 10, 1903) and Francis Henry, Jr. (June 21, 1907). By 1901 Frank Armstrong held the position of foreman in the stave department at the Lake of the Woods Milling Company plant in Keewatin.

    When war broke out Frederick Cameron Armstrong was among the early enlistees with the local militia unit, the 98th Regiment, which was raising troops for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was listed in the local newspaper with a number of other men from Kenora and Keewatin published in October of 1914. He signed attestation papers for overseas duty with the CEF on May 25, 1915 and was assigned to the 52nd Battalion being formed in the region. He trained with the battalion in Kenora, Port Arthur and Valcartier, and shipped overseas to England with the battalion in November 1915 aboard the SS California. The battalion arrived in France in February 1916 as part of the 9th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division.

    After eight months in the field Frederick Armstrong developed a hernia, a not uncommon medical condition in the army brought on by the physical demands of soldiering. Two operations in England to correct the problem were unsuccessful and Armstrong declined the offer of a third attempt. He was shipped home to Canada, arriving back in Keewatin in July of 1917 and after a further five months at a convalescent hospital in Winnipeg was discharged from the army on Dec. 31, 1917 as unfit for further service.

    While his injury had been serious enough to warrant a medical discharge, it was not debilitating and Frederick Armstrong returned to his prewar work as a stenographer (clerk), taking a position at the Lake of the Woods Milling Co..

    On Sept. 16, 1918 Frederick Armstrong was initiated into the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge 417 Keewatin, and a month later he died. Having survived the battlefields of Europe, Frederick Armstrong fell victim to the influenza pandemic that began sweeping the globe during the last year of the war.

    His death registration gives the official cause of death as pneumonia as a complication of influenza. He died Oct. 23, 1918 after five days of illness and was interred at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in a family plot which would later included his father (who died in 1935), his mother (1954) and his sister Anne Catherine (1960).

    While Frederick Armstrong wasn’t an official fatal casualty of the war, the town of Keewatin included him in their list of the war dead in a community service held in 1919 and his name was included as one of those “who fell in the Great War”, rather than among “those who served” on a community plaque the milling company commissioned to honour employees and community members who’d enlisted in service to their country.

    by Bob Stewart

    photos: courtesy of Marnie Karlberg

    Frederick Armstrong

    Frederick Armstrong

    Frederick with the Hanson brothers

    Frederick with the Hanson brothers

    Armstrong family home

    Armstrong family home

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 2

    Kenora Miner and News 24 October 1914 part 2

    Kenora Miner and News 16 June 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 16 June 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 8 December 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 8 December 1915

    Kenora Miner and News 1 August 1917

    Kenora Miner and News 1 August 1917

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News 9 August 1919

    Kenora Miner and News 9 August 1919

    In Loving Memory Side 2

    In Loving Memory Side 2

    In Loving Memory sid1

    In Loving Memory sid1

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Milling Company Roll of Honour

    Lake of the Woods Milling Company Roll of Honour

     

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  • Armstrong, Frederick Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 439278
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: Francis (Frank) Henry Armstrong, Keewatin
  • Date of Birth:
  • January 12, 1894
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Hardware Clerk
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • October 1, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • October 23, 1918
  • Age at Death:
  • 24
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 10E-36-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Armstrong, Frederick

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