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Guy William Armstrong
Birth: Jul. 19, 1892
Toronto
Toronto Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Death: May 30, 1969, England

Son of Victor Ormsby Mason Armstrong and Mary Crozier Young. He enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expedition Forces in 1915 and was shipped to England where he transferred over to the British Royal Flying Corps, 57th Squadron. While stationed in England he married Gladys Evelyn Killick 27 Apr 1917 at the Cramlington Church, Northumberland, England. In October of that same year he was shot down while flying a DH4 on a reconnaissance flight. The German pilot who shot him down was Lt.Kieckhafer flying an Albatross D111. (Kieckhafer later joined von Richthofen's infamous "Flying Circus") Armstrong was imprisoned at the Holzminden POW camp in Germany. In July of 1918, he and other prisoners attempted to tunnel out of the camp. A book written by Hugh George Durnford entitled "The Tunnellers of Holzminden" details this attempted escape. Several men did escape, but before Guy could enter the tunnel, the tunnel collapsed and prevented anyone else from escaping. Guy was released from prison at the end of the war and returned to England in extremely poor health. Guy's wife Gladys gave birth to their first child and only son in 1918 and shortly afterwards, Guy took his family back to his home in Toronto, Canada. Guy and Gladys had two more children in Toronto - daughters Mary Norma and Vira Marian. In 1929 Guy's health had become so bad, he needed a milder climate so he moved his family to Mandeville, Jamaica. His three children were sent to England to stay with relatives while they received their educations and Guy and Gladys joined them there as World War II was breaking out. Guy performed many duties to assist in the war effort as his poor health permitted and all three of his children served in the military in England. Guy and Gladys divorced in the late 1940's and he married Lillie Morrison Doherty in 1951. They lived in Bournemouth, England until Guy's death in 1969.
Guy's detailed diary that he kept during his imprisonment at Holzminden and other wartime memorabilia have been donated to the Imperial War Museum in London, England. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Victor Ormsby Mason Armstrong (1859 - 1910)
  Mary Crozier Young Armstrong (1863 - 1943)
 
 Spouse:
  Gladys Evelyn Killick Armstrong (1890 - 1982)
 
 Children:
  Guy Lionel Walter Armstrong (1918 - 2002)*
  Mary Norma Annesley Armstrong Riddell (1920 - 2010)*
 
 Siblings:
  Norma Mary Armstrong Maclean (1887 - 1920)*
  Guy William Armstrong (1892 - 1969)
  Leonie Edith Armstrong Meakes (1895 - 1927)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
 
Created by: L Lane
Record added: Jul 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40101632
Guy William Armstrong
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